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2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl: Les Miles believes LSU 'accomplished a lot'

Despite lofty expectations coming into the season, LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles believes his team overcame adversity and accomplished a lot in 2012.

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Though the LSU Tigers might be disappointed that they're only playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, despite finishing in the top 10 of the final BCS standings, Tigers head coach Les Miles believes that his team accomplished a lot this season.

LSU battled injuries to offensive linemen Chris Faulk and Josh Williford, as well as running back Alfred Blue. The Tigers also had to overcome Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal before the season even began -- a saga that never truly ended until Mathieu was charged with marijuana possession:

"With the number of injuries and the attrition we had, I really feel like this team accomplished a lot, and they continue to get better."

LSU's only losses in 2012 came to two teams playing in BCS games -- the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are playing in the title game, and the Florida Gators, who are playing in the Sugar Bowl.

Still, it's not the way Miles saw the season playing out at the beginning of the year, when LSU had legitimate national title aspirations:

"I would never have taken a 10-2 final [regular season record]. But as it played out, I felt like this team continued to improve and continued to get better and really wants to be a quality football team."

LSU will take on the Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, on Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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