Clemson to Face Tennessee in the Peach Bowl
CLEMSON -- For the second consecutive year, The University of Tennessee has been
invited to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. They will play Clemson on January
2, in the Georgia Dome at 4:30 p.m. The highly touted ACC vs. SEC match-up
will be televised nationally by ESPN. It is the only bowl game being played at
that time of day.
The Volunteers (10-2) were throttled in last year’s Peach Bowl by Maryland
30-3, but have had a very successful this year, finishing the regular season
ranked in the top ten in all major polls. Their most impressive victories
this year included wins over Miami and Florida.
The Volunteer’s back-to-back appearances in the Peach comes as a surprise to
many, as the Outback Bowl, played on New Year’s Day, extended its invitation
to the Florida Gators instead of the Volunteers despite Tennessee beating
the Gators earlier this year, maintaining a better record and finishing
higher in the national rankings.
Both Clemson and Tennessee come into the game riding impressive winning
streaks. The Volunteers have run off an impressive six straight victories,
including a win over perennial power Miami. Clemson has won three straight
after a tumultuous start to the season. They shocked the nation with a
26-10 rout of Florida State, then went on to dominate Duke and archrival
No more tickets are available from the Peach Bowl ticket office. Only the
SEC allotment now remains. The Peach Bowl is historically one of the most
competitive bowl games, as the average margin of victory in the past 15
years has been by a miniscule 6.3 points. The game is expected to sell out,
and is the only non-BCS bowl to be in the top four in attendance in the four
of the past six bowl seasons.