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Clemson vs. LSU: Dabo Swinney's Tigers get another shot at SEC

Clemson lost to South Carolina, 27-17, in the season finale.

Streeter Lecka

After the ACC fell flat and went 0-4 vs. the SEC in the final week of the college football season, the Clemson Tigers are excited to get another shot at the league when they face the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.

Clemson was one of those four ACC teams to lose to an SEC opponent in the season's final week of action. The No. 14 Tigers (10-2) lost to in-state rival South Carolina, 27-17.

"Well, as far as changing the perception, I'm not really sure what that is," coach Dabo Swinney said, according to ESPN. "We want to finish our season. Our next goal is to win the bowl game. That's always our last goal, and that's exactly what this is. This one is a unique opportunity again to win an 11th game versus a Top-10 team. We're trying to position ourselves to be one of the consistent elite national type programs out there. We've taken a step forward in that direction."

No. 8 LSU (10-2) presents a formidable challenge for Clemson. The Tigers' scored a season-low 17 points against South Carolina's defense, and LSU's defense is even better, allowing an average of just 16.9 points per game.

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