By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
Tigers #1, will play OU in Peach Bowl
The final College Football Playoff poll was released this morning and is now set. Both games will take place on December 28th. Our LSU Fighting Tigers will play #4 Oklahoma in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. While #2 Ohio State will take on #3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
"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."
The Tigers impressed the CFP Committee enough with their 37-10 blowout victory over Georgia to reclaim the top spot in the final poll. LSU opens up as a 9.5 point favorite over the Sooners, which is not much of a surprise, considering the contest will be played in Atlanta & should have the atmosphere of a home game for the Tigers. A big surprise is Clemson opening as a 2.5 point favorite over the #2 ranked Buckeyes. The National Championship game will be played on Monday, January 13th in the Mercedes Benz Super Dome. Here is a interesting piece of trivia. The three teams in the playoffs with the Tigers have all been on the losing end of LSU's three national championship game victories. LSU defeated Clemson in New Orleans for the Title in 1958, 7-0. The 2003 Nick Saban lead squad took down Oklahoma in the Super Dome, 21-14 to win the crystal ball. Then in 2007, the Tigers crushed Ohio State, 38-24, also in the Dome.