2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl Odds, Spread & Betting Preview: LSU vs. Clemson Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Monday, 31 December 2012 13:00
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Chick-fil-A Bowl Odds

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ATLANTA, GA (The Spread) – A great defense meets a great offense in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl as LSU takes on Clemson on Monday at 7:30PM ET from the Georgia Dome.

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LSU is 10-2 on the season and 5-7 against the spread while Clemson is 10-2 overall and 8-4 against the spread. Clemson has hit the over in 6 of 11 lined games this season while LSU has hit the under in 6 of 11 lined games. These two last met in 1996 with LSU getting a 10-7 victory.

Trends show that Clemson is 1-6 against the spread in its last 7 bowl games and 1-5 ATS in its last 6 non-conference games. LSU is 5-2 against the spread in its last 7 bowl games and 3-0-1 ATS in its last 4 games in December.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, LSU is the favorite in this game, as the Tigers have odds of -6 points against Clemson on Monday. The over/under total has been set at 58.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had LSU favored by 3.5 points. The spread was never lower than that, as it made the slow climb up to 6 points.

LSU ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak, including a 20-13 win over Arkansas. The Tigers had their two losses this season come against Alabama and Florida by a combined 12 points. LSU averaged 30.3 points per game on offense this season while the defense held opponents to 16.9 points per game. LSU was led on offense this season by quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who has thrown for 2,489 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Clemson ended its season with a 27-17 loss to South Carolina. The Tigers had their two losses come against the Gamecocks and Florida State by a combined 22 points. Clemson finished 7-1 in ACC play. This season, the Tigers averaged 42.3 points per game on offense, which ranked sixth in the country. The defense allowed just 24.9 points per game as well. Clemson was led on the season by quarterback Tajh Boyd, who threw for 3,550 yards and 34 touchdowns while rushing for 492 yards and nine touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, LSU linebacker Luke Muncie is questionable for the game due to a virus while running back Alfred Blue is doubtful with a knee injury. Clemson tackle Shaq Anthony is doubtful with academic issues while cornerback Bashaud Breeland is doubtful with a groin injury.

The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing LSU. The Tigers are getting 71% of the wagers with odds of -6 points against Clemson on Monday evening.

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