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2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU vs. Clemson game preview, location, history and more

The stout LSU defense will look to slow down the potent Clemson offense in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

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The No. 8 LSU Tigers will square off against the No. 14 Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. The game will pit one of the country's best defenses in LSU against one of the best offenses in Clemson.

LSU finished 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC and enters the game on a three-game winning streak after losing a 21-17 heartbreaker to Alabama on Nov. 3. The Tigers last played on Nov. 23, beating Arkansas, 20-13.

Clemson is also 10-2, but is coming off a 27-17 loss to South Carolina. The Tigers had won seven games in a row before the loss to the Gamecocks. Clemson finished 7-1 in the ACC's Atlantic Division, but missed out on the ACC Championship Game due to a loss to Florida State.

LSU has been powered all season by their stingy defense. The Tigers are giving up just 16.9 points per game on the season, good for 11th in the country. SB Nation Clemson blog Shakin the Southland is certainly worried about LSU's physicality on the defensive side of the ball.

The LSU defense will face a huge challenge in Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense. Clemson is sixth in the country in scoring at 42.3 points per game and has set school records in scoring and yards. Boyd has racked up over 4,000 total yards and 43 touchdowns. SB Nation LSU blog And the Valley Shook took a look at just how potent the Clemson attack is.

LSU and Clemson last met in the 1996 Peach Bowl, with LSU winning ,10-7.

Game date and time

Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Spread

LSU is a 5-point favorite.

TV schedule

ESPN

Watch online

WatchESPN

Radio schedule

National: ESPN Radio

LSU: 98.1 FM

Clemson: 104.9 FM

Last year’s game

Auburn defeated Virginia, 43-24.

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