Chick-fil-A Bowl High on AU-Clemson Matchup

Auburn and Clemson will meet in the Chick-fil-A Bowl this New Year's Eve in Atlanta.

Atlanta, Ga.--A No. 22 (AP) ranking and a second-place finish in the SEC West earned the Auburn Tigers (8-4, 5-3) a bid to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31 against the No. 15 Clemson Tigers (9-3, 5-3) from the ACC, officials announced late this afternoon.

"Auburn was strong and consistent all year. This is a well-coached team that plays tough, especially on the defensive side of the ball, with some pretty big wins against Florida, Arkansas and Alabama," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president. "They finished the season on a very high note and we're sure they'll bring that same style and intensity to the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve."

This will mark Auburn's fourth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and their first since 2001. The Tigers are 2-1 in three trips to Atlanta with wins against Clemson (1996) and Indiana (1990). Auburn fell to North Carolina in 2001.

"Auburn has great fans and a tremendous fan base in the greater Atlanta area that is looking forward to the Tigers playing close to home," Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said. "We've had wonderful experiences in our previous trips to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and are excited about participating in this first-class event."

"We are very excited about the opportunity to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against a very good Clemson team," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "Our players and staff have worked very hard this season and this is a tremendous reward for their efforts. We look forward to seeing Auburn fans paint Atlanta orange and blue during bowl week."

Chick-fil-A Bowl officials will travel to Auburn on Wednesday to make the formal invitation on Auburn's campus.

Auburn and Clemson matched up in the Chick-fil-A Bowl following the 1997 season with Auburn taking a closely contested 21-17 victory. Auburn leads the all-time series with Clemson 32-11-2. The two last met in 1998.

For tickets to the game, members of Tigers Unlimited can order on-line at auburntigers.com and should use their customer number to ensure that their order is assigned based on priority. Tigers Unlimited members can also order via phone at 1-800-282-1957, ext. 1, Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm CT. On-line orders save $10 on the handling charges. Priority deadline for Tigers Unlimited members is Friday, Dec. 7.

Auburn students and faculty/staff will be notified by e-mail of their procedure to purchase bowl tickets. Based on availability, the Athletic Ticket Office will begin accepting public order requests for tickets on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl will be broadcast nationally by ESPN Dec. 31 at 6:30 p.m. CST.


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