For the first time since 2015, four Power 5 conference champions have been selected for the College Football Playoff.
No. 1 LSU will face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, and No. 2 Ohio State will play No. 3 Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, as decided by the CFP selection committee Sunday.
Both semifinal games will take place Dec. 28. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be held Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
LSU (13-0) reclaimed the No. 1 ranking with its 37-10 win over Georgia on Saturday in the SEC championship game. The victory was the Tigers’ fifth over an Associated Press top-10 team this season, which ties a record in the AP Poll era (since 1936) for most top-10 victories in a single season.
“Our goal was to go to the SEC championship and win it; that was one of our goals,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron told ESPN on Sunday. “… But we’re not done yet. That wasn’t our final destination. I’m very proud of our offense, I’m very proud of our defense and all our coaches, but we still have some work to do.”
Being the top-ranked team again might not faze Orgeron, who said he didn’t care about being No. 1 or No. 2.
“It didn’t matter to us,” Orgeron said of his Tigers’ ranking. “Anytime, anywhere, anybody — we’re ready to play. We’re gonna be playing Oklahoma, a great football team.
“Wherever they tell us to play, we’re gonna show up and we’re gonna be ready.”
Ohio State (13-0) maintained its 19-game winning streak with a second-half comeback against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Saturday. Quarterback Justin Fields said the early adversity against the Badgers “made us stronger,” while star defensive end Chase Young said it proved the Buckeyes were “a No. 1-worthy team.”
The Buckeyes are making their and the Big Ten’s first playoff appearance since 2016. Ohio State won the inaugural playoff in 2014.
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