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Published: December 02, 2012, 06:56 PM (CT)
Updated: December 03, 2012, 08:04 AM (CT)
by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette), Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU is headed for the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta as the seventh-ranked Tigers will face 13th-ranked Clemson from the ACC, the bowl announced on Sunday. 

Kickoff for the 45th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl is set for 6:30 p.m. CT from the Georgia Dome on Dec. 31. The game will be televised by ESPN.

"Atlanta is a great city and the Georgia Dome is a tremendous venue," LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. "Clemson is a quality opponent that is highly-ranked. This will be a great bowl game matchup featuring two very good football teams."

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LSU will be making its sixth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the first since a 38-3 win over Georgia Tech in 2008. LSU is 5-0 all-time in its previous Chick-fil-A Bowl appearances, which includes a 31-27 win over Florida State in 1968, a 10-7 win over Clemson in 1997, a 28-14 win over Georgia Tech in 2000 and a 40-3 victory over Miami in 2005.

"Clemson is obviously a very talented team," LSU coach Les Miles said. "Dabo Swinney has done a great job there and we look forward to a great matchup and a competitive game in the Chick-fil-a bowl between two very talented teams. 

"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 has played Clemson just twice in football, both coming in bowl games. LSU beat Clemson, 7-0, in the 1959 Sugar Bowl and then again in the 1996 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

LSU will be making its 44th bowl appearance and the Tigers are 22-20-1 all-time in bowl games. The 22 wins ranks ninth nationally, while the 44 bowl appearances rank as the eighth-most in college football. 

LSU will take the next two weeks to focus on academics before returning to practice on Monday, Dec. 17.

Final Regular-Season Polls Released Sunday

BCS Standings

RK, TEAM, BCS AVG, PVS, Comp. AVG, Comp. %
1, Notre Dame, .9978, 1, 1, 1.000
2, Alabama, .9441, 2, 3, .910
3, Florida, .8984, 4, 2, .960
4, Oregon, .8621, 5, 6, .810
5, Kansas State, .8226, 6, 4, .850
6, Stanford, .7683, 8, 4, .850
7, Georgia, .7583, 3, 11, .620
8, LSU, .7511, 7, 7, .760
9, Texas A&M, .6756, 9, 10, .630
10, South Carolina, .6604, 10, 9, .700
11, Oklahoma, .6502, 11, 8, .730
12, Florida State, .5047, 13, 16, .360
13, Oregon State, .4716, 15, 12, .520
14, Clemson, .4693, 14, 15, .370
15, Northern Illinois, .3276, 21, 19, .300
16, Nebraska, .3264, 12, 13, .510
17, UCLA, .2872, 16, 17, .310
18, Michigan, .2537, 19, 14, .390
19, Boise State, .2513, 20, 31, .000
20, Northwestern, .2327, 22, 21, .160
21, Louisville, .1808, NR, 29, .020
22, Utah State, .1787, 24, 23, .080
23, Texas, .1519, 18, 17, .310
24, San Jose State, .1346, 25, 20, .260
25, Kent State, .0772, 17, 25, .060

The AP Top 25

Team Record Points Previous
1. Notre Dame (60) 12-0 1,500 1
2. Alabama 12-1 1,424 2
3. Ohio St. 12-0 1,302 4
4. Florida 11-1 1,279 5
5. Oregon 11-1 1,250 6
6. Georgia 11-2 1,213 3
7. Kansas St. 11-1 1,129 7
8. Stanford 11-2 1,094 8
9. LSU 10-2 1,051 9
10. Texas A&M 10-2 1,025 10
11. South Carolina 10-2 907 11
12. Oklahoma 10-2 851 12
13. Florida St. 11-2 789 13
14. Clemson 10-2 691 15
15. Oregon St. 9-3 638 16
16. Northern Illinois 12-1 534 19
17. UCLA 9-4 440 17
18. Utah St. 10-2 379 20
19. Michigan 8-4 306 21
20. Boise St. 10-2 276 25
21. Northwestern 9-3 266 22
22. Louisville 10-2 248 NR
23. Nebraska 10-3 227 14
24. San Jose St. 10-2 157 NR
25. Kent St. 11-2 117 18

Others receiving votes: Penn St. 83, Vanderbilt 67, Wisconsin 62, Texas 51, San Diego St. 22, Fresno St. 20, Baylor 15, Cincinnati 15, Oklahoma St. 15, TCU 14, Arkansas St. 13, Southern Cal 11, Tulsa 9, Rutgers 6, Ball St. 2, North Carolina 1, West Virginia 1.


USA Today Coaches' Poll

Rank, School (record), Points, Last week's rank, First-place votes
1.  Notre Dame (12-0), 1470, 1, 56
2.  Alabama (12-1), 1417, 2, 3
3.  Oregon (11-1), 1313, 4
4.  Florida (11-1), 1287, 5
5.  Georgia (11-2), 1216, 3
6.  Kansas State (11-1), 1190, 7
7.  LSU (10-2), 1111, 6
8.  Stanford (11-2), 1047, 9
9.  Texas A&M (10-2), 1039, 8
10.  South Carolina (10-2), 947, 10
11.  Oklahoma (10-2), 905, 11
12.  Florida State (11-2), 853, 12
13.  Clemson (10-2), 769, 14
14.  Oregon State (9-3), 663, 17
15.  Boise State (10-2), 569, 15
16.  Northern Illinois (12-1), 495, 18
17.  Northwestern (9-3), 444, 20
18.  Louisville (10-2), 409, 23
19.  UCLA (9-4), 408, 16
20.  Utah State (10-2), 334, 22
21.  Nebraska (10-3), 328, 13
22.  Michigan (8-4), 278, 24
23.  Wisconsin (8-5), 115, not ranked
24.  San Jose State (10-2), 110, not ranked
25.  Texas (8-4), 97, 21

Dropped out: No. 19 Kent State (11-2, lost to then-No. 18 Northern Illinois 44-37 2OT), No. 25 Rutgers (9-3, lost to then-No. 3 Louisville 20-17).

Others receiving votes: Kent State (11-2) 84; Vanderbilt (8-4) 75; Cincinnati (9-3) 46; Tulsa (10-3) 32; Fresno State (9-3) 31; Rutgers (9-3) 29; San Diego State (9-3) 23; Arkansas State (9-3) 20; Mississippi State (8-4) 9; Arizona State (7-5) 8; Louisiana Tech (9-3) 2; Southern California (7-5) 2.

 

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