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Final 2012 BCS rankings: Chick-fil-A Bowl disappointing for LSU

Les Miles' LSU Tigers are headed to the Chick-fil-A Bowl to take on the Clemson Tigers, in what could be considered a disappointing bowl game by LSU fans.


Despite finishing ranked No. 8 in the country, the LSU Tigers aren't going to a BCS bowl. LSU isn't even going to the Cotton Bowl, either, nor are they going to the Capital One Bowl.

Instead, LSU is headed to the Chick-fil-A Bowl -- formerly known as the Peach Bowl.

Typically, the Chick-fil-A Bowl accepts the fifth choice of schools from the SEC as one of its participants. The Alabama Crimson Tide are playing for the BCS title, and the Florida Gators earned the conference's other BCS bowl berth, and will participate in the Sugar Bowl.

Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the SEC title game, is headed to the Capital One Bowl, and finished ranked No. 7 in the BCS standings.

Consequently, LSU is headed to the Chick-fil-A Bowl as the fourth SEC selection for bowls, despite a 10-2 record.

Needless to say, this development irked some of the LSU fans at And The Valley Shook, SB Nation's LSU Tigers blog.

Anybody think LSU was the fifth-worst team in the SEC this season? They pushed the best team (Alabama) to the absolute limit. They lost to No. 2 (Florida) by eight points on the road. Plus, they beat two of the other squads in the league's top half (Texas A&M and South Carolina), something Georgia can't say.

No debate about resumes, no concerns about what's "fair" to the conference runner-up. Nothing. Nobody in the league office lobbying for a bowl tie-in pecking order, or for the bowl sites to maybe switch things up a bit and take some different teams. I find that funny. Anybody else find it funny?

Though the Chick-fil-A Bowl isn't half as alluring as the Sugar Bowl, LSU's matchup against the Clemson Tigers should prove to be entertaining.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl will be held on Dec. 31 in Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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