It’s a bayou Tiger versus a lowlands Tiger and they got their nicknames in completely different ways. The LSU tigers chose their name because of the infantry that fought for General Robert E. Lee during during the Civil War and they became known as the “Tiger Rifles”. The Clemson Tigers got their name simply because Walter Riggs, who was the head football coach in 1896 simply admired the Princeton Tigers and therefor named his team the same.
These two teams have been on a collision course for a couple years now and there have just been a few bumps in the road preventing it. Defending conference champs in their conferences, neither played for one this season which allowed them to finally be paired in this bowl game, could be the best match-up this year.
The Les Miles led Tigers, which will have their coach until they so choose, were hoping to play for another national title this season and the sole reason they didn’t may be due to losing one of the best players in the country. Tyrann Mathieu will be entering the NFL draft after sitting out a season due to suspension by the school, and it left a crater in the LSU defense that caused problems early on.
Playmakers: QB Zach Mettenberger played as well as he could in the match-up with Alabama and had them in position to win the game. He just had to sit back and watch as the season going down the drains unfolded. He has a good argument for being a leader and he’s shown poise of late. Having a pretty good season statistically the one area of concern headed into this game is the number of sacks that he has taken over the season, 26 sacks in all for over 200 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball it’s a tie for best playmaker this season. After losing a surefire heisman candidate for the season due to off field issues, the defense could have folded. It didn’t and thats mostly because Les Miles cupboard is not bare on that side of the ball. DE Barkevious Mingo and S Craig Loston have stepped up their game this season and have led the Tigers to success on defense. Mingo is a disruptor who gets after the QB and Loston has three INT’s for 103 yards and a TD.
Season High – Low: It’s simple for the bayou Bengals, they wanted it all. Les Miles has had them in a position to win it two seasons in a row now and has lost to what will be the back to back champions and Florida. That’s it. They compete at a high level and as a team aren’t very happy about playing in this game, but it is what it is and they have a hungry Clemson team wanting to climb the ladder. Read More
Back again with another preview, this for the bowl FKA the Peach Bowl.
The Basics: Saturday, December 31st from
Orlando Florida Atlanta Georgia at 7:30 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. Auburn (7-5 4-4 SEC) and Virginia (8-4 5-3 ACC).
History: The SEC and ACC have been playing in this game in the Georgia Dome since 1992. Originally known as the Peach bowl and then the Chick Fil A Peach bowl and now just the Chick Fil A game. Must be a hatred for the Peach because they have kept the Orange Bowl? The game goes all the way back to 1968.
Auburn: Following their national championship season from a year ago Auburn went 7-5. And they come into this game with their #1 offensive threat Michael Dyer suspended due to team rules. I am still trying to figure out what it takes to get suspended at Auburn. Auburn obviously went up against the gauntlet in the SEC West, which may prepare them some for this game, but don’t look for a good display of offense in this one from Auburn. Expect their defense to try and carry them to a victory. Obviously all of us here at the blog are expecting a victory but don’t be surprised to see Virginia nab this one.
Virginia: The Cavs made a huge turnaround this year in the ACC going from 4-8 to 8-4. Coach Mike London won coach of the year honors for the turnaround. Virginia is just a balanced team with their best player being all-america guard Austin Pasztor who leads the way for an offense quarterbacked by Michael Rocco who threw for 2359 and 11 tds on the season. Not a lot but enough to get the job done. The Cavs will also try and pound the ball with their two headed attack Perry Jones and Kevin Parks. Who combined for 1500 yds and 13 tds on the year.
Fun Fact: Did you know that this game has sold out for 14 straight seasons? And that the sponsor has a funny song?
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