Breaking down Clemson-LSU

12/31/2012 12:00 AM

12/31/2012 7:55 PM

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Clemson is trying to reach 11 wins for the fourth time in school history and the first time since a 12-0 finish in its 1981 national championship season.

LSU, which one year ago was preparing for the national championship game, is hoping for a top-five finish and to close with four straight wins after its 21-17 loss to Alabama on Nov. 3.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU freshman cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Jalen Collins, who have had prominent roles since the dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu before the season, will be challenged to contain DeAndre Hopkins, who is second in the nation with 16 TD catches, and Sammy Watkins. Mills, the starter, and Collins, who plays on passing downs, have combined for four interceptions. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has 34 TD passes.

FACTS & FIGURES

The ACC and SEC have split their 20 Chick-fil-A Bowl matchups. LSU is 36-1 in non-conference games since 2005, with the one loss coming against Penn State in the 2010 Capital One Bowl. LSU is 9-1 all-time in the Georgia Dome. ... Les Miles is 5-2 in bowls.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LSU: LB Kevin Minter, a second-team All-American who leads the Tigers with 111 tackles, will be a key to LSU’s hopes of containing 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington and Boyd’s scrambles to make Clemson’s offense one-dimensional. Minter had 12 tackles and an interception in LSU’s 24-19 win against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M on Oct. 20.

CLEMSON: Watkins has three TD catches, a big drop from the 12 he posted as a freshman last season. He could be ready for a strong finish after missing three games early in the season — two to a suspension and one to illness. He had 11 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown against N.C. State on Nov. 17 and could have another big game if LSU leaves him in man coverage while focusing on Hopkins.

The Associated Press

By the numbers

Turnover Margin

Gained Lost
Fum. Int. Tot. Fum. Int. Tot.
Clemson 10 12 22 5 14 19
LSU 13 18 31 10 6 16

Rushing Offense

Car. Yds. YPG.
Clemson 538 2385 198.8
LSU 502 2159 179.9

Passing Offense

Att. Cp. Yds. YPG.
Clemson 424 282 3835 319.6
LSU 333 194 2487 207.3

Rushing Defense

Car Yds YPG.
Clemson 460 1928 160.7
LSU 390 1222 101.8

Passing Defense

Att. Cp. Yds. TDs
Clemson 404 234 3004 22
LSU 407 218 2332 13

Scoring Offense

G. Pts. Avg.
Clemson 12 508 42.3
LSU 12 363 30.3

Scoring Defense

G. Pts. Avg.
Clemson 12 299 24.9
LSU 12 203 16.9


Clemson roster

OFFENSE DEPTH CHART

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
Quarterback
10 Tajh Boyd 6-1 225 Jr.
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So.
Running Back
23 Andre Ellington 5-10 195 Sr.
25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 Jr.
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 So.
Fullback
40 Darrell Smith 6-2 250 Jr.
Wide Receiver
18 Jaron Brown 6-2 205 Gr.
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So.
Wide Receiver
2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 So.
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So.
Wide Receiver
6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-2 205 Jr.
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So.
Tight End
80 Brandon Ford 6-4 240 Gr.
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 So.
Left Tackle
63 Brandon Thomas 6-3 305 Jr.
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr.
Left Guard
68 David Beasley 6-4 315 So.
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 So.
Center
55 Dalton Freeman 6-5 285 Gr.
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 Fr.
Right Guard
62 Tyler Shatley 6-3 295 Jr.
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 So.
Right Tackle
70 Gifford Timothy 6-6 310 So.
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 Fr.
Kicker
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 Jr.
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 Sr.
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 Fr.

Defense depth chart

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
Defensive End
97 Malliciah Goodman 6-4 270 Sr.
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 So.
Nose Guard
50 Grady Jarrett 6-1 290 So.
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr.
Defensive Tackle
91 Josh Watson 6-4 285 So.
99 DeShawn Williams 6-1 285 So.
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr.
Defensive End
93 Corey Crawford 6-5 270 So.
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 So.
Strongside Linebacker
34 Quandon Christian 6-2 225 Jr.
11 Travis Blanks 6-1 190 Fr.
Middle Linebacker
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 230 Jr.
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 So.
Weakside Linebacker
46 Jonathan Willard 6-2 225 Sr.
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr.
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So.
Cornerback
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 Gr.
29 Cortez Davis 6-3 200 Fr.
Cornerback
26 Garry Peters 6-0 195 So.
17 Bashaud Breeland 6-0 195 So.
Strong Safety
5 Jonathan Meeks 6-1 210 Sr.
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So.
Free Safety
31 Rashard Hall 6-2 210 Gr.
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 Gr.
Punter
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 Sr.
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Score
Sept. 1 at Auburn W, 26-19
Sept. 8 Ball St. W, 52-27
Sept. 15 Furman W, 41-7
Sept. 22 at Florida St. L, 49-37
Sept. 29 at Boston College W, 45-31
Oct. 6 Georgia Tech W, 47-31
Oct. 20 Virginia Tech W, 38-17
Oct. 25 at Wake Forest W, 42-13
Nov. 3 at Duke W, 56-20
Nov. 10 Maryland W, 45-10
Nov. 17 NC State W, 62-48
Nov. 24 South Carolina L, 27-17

LSU roster

OFFENSE DEPTH CHART

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
Quarterback
8 Zach Mettenberger 6-5 222 Jr.
17 Stephen Rivers 6-7 220 Fr.
Running Back
33 Jeremy Hill 6-2 225 Fr.
11 Spencer Ware 5-11 223 Jr.
42 Michael Ford 5-10 215 Jr.
Fullback
44 J.C. Copeland 6-1 280 Jr.
43 Connor Neighbors 5-10 233 So.
Wide Receiver
3 Odell Beckham, Jr. 5-11 183 So.
10 Russell Shepard 6-1 185 Sr.
Wide Receiver
80 Jarvis Landry 6-0 190 So.
21 Paul Turner 5-11 186 Fr.
Wide Receiver
86 Kadron Boone 6-0 195 Jr.
82 James Wright 6-2 201 Jr.
81 Armand Williams 6-3 200 So.
Tight End
88 Chase Clement 6-5 251 Sr.
41 Travis Dickson 6-3 230 So.
Left Tackle
68 Josh Dworaczyk 6-6 301 Sr.
73 Chris Davenport 6-4 320 Jr.
Left Guard
70 La’el Collins 6-5 320 So.
55 Elliott Porter 6-4 278 So.
Center
64 P.J. Lonergan 6-4 305 Sr.
55 Elliott Porter 6-4 278 So.
Right Guard
56 Trai Turner 6-2 332 Fr.
74 Josh Williford 6-7 324 Jr.
Right Tackle
78 Vadal Alexander 6-6 315 Fr.
71 Jonah Austin 6-6 322 Fr.
Kicker
30 Drew Alleman 5-11 183 Sr.
30 James Hairston 6-0 200 So.

DEFENSE DEPTH CHART

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.
Defensive End
49 Barkevious Mingo 6-5 240 Jr.
59 Jermauria Rasco 6-3 225 So.
87 Chancey Aghayere 6-4 279 Sr.
Defensive Tackle
77 Josh Downs 6-1 287 Sr.
9 Ego Ferguson 6-3 283 So.
Defensive Tackle
18 Bennie Logan 6-3 287 Jr.
90 Anthony Johnson 6-3 294 So.
Defensive End
99 Sam Montgomery 6-4 260 Jr.
89 Lavar Edwards 6-5 264 Sr.
Strongside Linebacker
25 Kwon Alexander 6-2 220 Fr.
23 Lamar Louis 6-0 220 Fr.
Middle Linebacker
46 Kevin Minter 6-2 242 Jr.
22 Ronnie Feist 6-2 225 Fr.
Weakside Linebacker
57 Lamin Barrow 6-2 229 Jr.
45 Deion Jones 6-2 202 Fr.
35 Lorenzo Phillips 6-2 215 Fr.
Cornerback
28 Jalen Mills 6-0 185 Fr.
32 Jalen Collins 6-1 184 Fr.
Cornerback
24 Tharold Simon 6-3 187 Jr.
13 Dwayne Thomas 6-0 175 Fr.
19 Derrick Raymond 6-1 175 Fr.
Strong Safety
6 Craig Loston 6-2 208 Jr.
34 Micah Eugene 5-11 194 Fr.
Free Safety
1 Eric Reid 6-2 208 Jr.
26 Ronald Martin 6-1 200 So.
Punter
38 Brad Wing 6-3 184 So.
38 Jamie Keehn 6-4 222 Fr.

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Score
Sept. 1 North Texas 41-14
Sept. 8 Washington 41-3
Sept. 15 Idaho 63-14
Sept. 22 at Auburn 12-10
Sept. 29 Towson 38-22
Oct. 6 at Florida 14-6
Oct. 13 South Carolina 23-21
Oct. 20 at Texas A&M 24-19
Nov. 3 Alabama 21-17
Nov. 10 Mississippi St. 37-17
Nov. 17 Mississippi 41-35
Nov. 23 at Arkansas 20-13

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