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10/11/12: Inside the ACC vs. SEC Rivalry

With just over two weeks until our scouts start scouting games for our team selection process, it’s still a little too early to talk about specific teams.  So I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you an inside look at the numbers behind the ACC vs. SEC rivalry in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the longest-running battleground for regional bragging rights between the ACC and SEC with the two conferences meeting here each year since 1992.

The numbers tell a very compelling story of this long-standing feud.

 The ACC and SEC have clashed in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in each of the last 20 years and the slate is dead even at 10 wins each. You read that right – the ACC and SEC are tied 10-10.

The SEC holds a slight edge in total points scored at 435-412, but the average score for each conference is very close at 21.7 (SEC) to 20.6 (ACC) – a mere one point difference in scoring average over those 20 years.

In the win column, the results have been very streaky with the ACC winning the first four match-ups (1992-1995), followed by five straight SEC wins from 1996-2000, which was followed by another four-game streak by the ACC from 2001-2004. The SEC then added a four-game streak of its own from 2005-2008. The ACC earned wins in 2009 and 2010, but the SEC snapped the run early with a win last year.

Here’s a quick statistical breakdown for each conference in our game since 1992:

Points Scored
Average Points
per Game
20.6 21.7
Longest Win Streak 
4 (twice)
Highest Ranked Team 
#9 Miami (2005)
#6 Tennessee (2003) 
Most Appearances
Clemson (6)
Auburn (4), LSU (4) 
Most Wins 
Clemson (2), UNC (2) 
LSU (4) 
Biggest Margin of Victory 
27 (Maryland vs. UT, 2002)
37 (LSU vs. Miami, 2005)
Best Chick-fil-A Bowl Record    
UNC (2-2)
LSU (4-0)
First Win 
UNC (1992)
LSU (1996)
Most Recent Win 
Florida State (2010)
Auburn (2011)
Biggest Upset
Clemson 27, #6 UT 14 (2003)  
UGA 31, #14 VT 24 (2006)

Closest Game 
1 point (Clemson 14, Kentucky 13 in 1993) 
Overtime games
1 (#23 Auburn 23, #15 Clemson 20 in 2007)
Largest Crowd
75,406 (Georgia vs. #14 Virginia Tech, 2006)
Most Total Points
68 (Georgia 35, #14 Virginia 33, 1998) 
Fewest Total Points 
17 (#17 LSU 10, Clemson 7, 1996)
Bowl Sellouts w/ ACC vs. SEC 
16 of 20 (including the last 15 games)
Team Payouts to ACC / SEC schools
since 1992
$84.07 million
Scholarship Donations to
ACC / SEC schools 
$13.4 million

The numbers don’t lie. This is a hard-fought rivalry for both sides and always provides plenty of drama and exciting games.

We’re very much looking forward to seeing who will represent the ACC and SEC in this year’s game and for those of you who enjoy predictions, here are the latest match-ups expected by the media.  Sporting News 
Clemson vs.
Mississippi State         
Clemson vs.
Mississippi State         
Clemson vs.

Enjoy this week’s games!



New Comment
Created by Nole Chief in 10/15/2012 8:06:42 AM
Looks like the SEC isn't quite as dominant as they would like you to believe. Expect the ACC to take the lead back again this year with Clemson or the Noles having the honor.
Created by Tiger Girl in 10/12/2012 12:09:34 PM
Would love to see Clemson back in Atlanta to rack up another ACC win in the Bowl!

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