ATLANTA — LSU was elevated to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings on the heels of it 37-10 win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
The Tigers (13-0) will face Big 12 Champion and No. 4 seed Oklahoma (12-1) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 28 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after Saturday night’s game that LSU has the best offense he has faced, and the numbers back it up. The Tigers set an SEC record for points scored in a season.
Ohio State (13-0), which fell from No. 1, will play No. 3-ranked and defending national champion Clemson (13-0) in the other CFP Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
The Fiesta Bowl will match two former Georgia High School standouts. Clemson features 2018 FWAA Freshman of the Year Trevor Lawrence, while the Buckeyes have former UGA quarterback Justin Fields.
The College Football Playoff Championship Game takes place on Jan. 13 in New Orleans.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are expected to be slotted in the Sugar Bowl and play Baylor at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 1 in New Orleans.
CFP Chairman Rob Mullens said on Sunday the No. 4 spot came down to Oklahoma and Georgia, a strong indication the Bulldogs will be No. 5 when the complete rankings are released.
Georgia will be playing without two of its top receivers in the Sugar Bowl.
Freshman Dominick Blaylock has joined Lawrence Cager (ankle) on the injured list.
DawgNation reported on Sunday that Blaylock suffered a torn ACL in the first half of the loss to the Bayou Bengals and is out for the season and will be limited in spring drills.
The Bears (11-2) lost to Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game, 30-23 in overtime
The New Year’s Six Bowls will be officially set when the remainder of the CFP Rankings are released at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The Sugar Bowl is contracted to match the highest ranked teams from the SEC and the Big 12 that aren’t in the College Football Playoff field.
It would be Georgia’s second straight appearance in the Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs lost to Texas, 28-21, last year.
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