Rock and a hard place: something has to give when Tigers face Tigers in Atlanta

Clemson ranks among nation's top 10 in total offense, LSU among top 10 in total defense

In this Nov. 10, 2012, file photo, LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team out onto the field before their NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La. LSU returns to practice as the Tigers prepare to meet Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl later this month. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

In this Nov. 10, 2012, file photo, LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team out onto the field before their NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La. LSU returns to practice as the Tigers prepare to meet Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl later this month. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Clemson's defense and LSU offense will undoubtedly have some say in the outcome of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

But the matchup that has people describing the game as one of bowl season's best is Clemson's prolific offense against LSU's stingy defense.

Can the Tigers put up winning numbers against one of the nation's best defensive units? Or will LSU follow in South Carolina's footsteps by disarming the Tigers' offense with three-and-out stops?

Statistically, something has to give, as both teams ran in the top 10 in the nation in their respective categories - yards gained and yards allowed:

Notes on Clemson’s Offense

• Clemson is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency, sixth in scoring, ninth in total offense, and 13th in passing.

• Clemson has scored 65 touchdowns, 38 of which are passing scores.

• Clemson is first in the nation in fourth-down conversion percentage and fourth in third-down conversion percentage.

• Clemson has scored at least 37 points in 10 of the 12 games and has scored at least one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown in every game.

• Clemson leads the nation in pass plays of at least 25 yards (49).

• Clemson has a first-team All-America quarterback in Tajh Boyd and a first-team All-America center in Dalton Freeman according to the American Football Coaches Association. This is just the third time that has happened since 1945.

• Clemson has six of the 11 First-Team All-ACC players in 2012.

• Tajh Boyd is second in the nation in yards per passing attempt, fourth in passing efficiency, and eighth in total offense.

• DeAndre Hopkins is second in the nation in receiving touchdowns and ninth in receiving yards per game.

Notes on Louisiana State’s Defense

• LSU is eighth in the nation in total defense, eighth in turnover margin, ninth in passing efficiency, 11th in scoring, and 20th in passing yards allowed.

• LSU has allowed more than 22 points just once in 2012.

• LSU is allowing just 16.9 points per game and 5.7 yards per passing attempt.

• LSU has allowed the opposition to total 300 yards just five times. Clemson has had 400+ yards in 10 of 12 games.

• LSU has allowed 200+ passing yards in only four games.

• LSU opponents have converted on third down just 30.5 percent of the time.

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nbaer writes:

Why should this game be any different than the last one where we were physically beaten by a tougher team???

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