ATLANTA, Ga. - LSU will play Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A bowl on Dec. 31.
The large number (6) of SECschools ranked in the nation's top dozen or so teams means that highly-ranked teams like the Tigers will be gracing bowls that would otherwise expect lower-ranked teams.
'We're about as excited as you can be to have a 10-win team ranked #7 in the nation in the LSU Tigers,' said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. 'Coach Miles has led this team to the pinnacle of elite programs in the country and they will, without doubt, give us one of the best bowl match-ups in the nation.'
LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC) comes into the Bowl winners of five of their last six games with an opportunity to win an 11th game for the seventh time in its history.
'We look forward to a great matchup and a competitive game in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against a very talented team from the ACC,' said LSU Head Coach Les Miles
. 'We enjoy playing in Atlanta. It's a great city that has been very good to LSU. I'm sure that we'll travel extremely well. The Georgia Dome is an outstanding venue and we are excited about the opportunity to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.'
LSU is undefeated in five previous Chick-fil-A Bowl appearances. The Tigers most recent trip to Atlanta was a 38-3 win over Georgia Tech in 2008. LSU played in the inaugural Peach Bowl in 1968 against Florida State. LSU also played in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and earned a victory over North Carolina.