Oklahoma and LSU to meet in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Sooners and Tigers will play for a berth in this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship

ATLANTA (Dec. 8, 2019) – The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 1 LSU Tigers are set to meet in the 2019 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The 52nd annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be held at 4 p.m. ET in Atlanta on Dec. 28 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and will be nationally televised by ESPN. The winner of the game will advance to play for the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans on Jan. 13.

“The road to the National Championship once again comes through Atlanta this year as we host our second College Football Playoff Semifinal,” said Bob Somers, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl chairman. “Both of these teams have had outstanding seasons and we are thrilled to welcome them to Atlanta, the Capital of College Football, where they will face off with the chance to march on to glory and a berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship.”

LSU will be making its first-ever College Football Playoff Semifinal appearance, while Oklahoma will play in its third consecutive Semifinal and fourth overall.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better game with the Big 12 champion against the SEC champion,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO and president. “We’ve got a showdown between two storied programs that have combined for 10 National Championships and 65 conference championships, and feature two of the nation’s most prolific offenses led by two of the country’s best quarterbacks.”

Oklahoma will be making its first trip to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, while this will mark LSU’s seventh appearance in the game, tying the Tigers for the second most appearances of any team in the Bowl’s history. The Tigers currently have more wins in the Bowl than any other team, posting a 5-1 record to date, with their last appearance coming in 2012 against Clemson. This year’s matchup also represents only the second Big 12 vs. SEC matchup in the Bowl’s 52-year history, and the first since 2014 when No. 6 TCU defeated No. 9 Ole Miss.

This will mark only the third time the Sooners and Tigers have faced off and the first time since the BCS National Championship Game in January 2004 when LSU defeated Oklahoma 21-14.

Oklahoma (12-1, 8-1 Big 12) earned a No. 4 ranking in the College Football Playoff after defeating No. 7 Baylor to win its fifth consecutive Big 12 crown. With one of the highest-scoring offenses in the country (43.2 ppg – fifth in the nation), the Sooners average 8.2 yards per play, a figure that is second-best all-time, just behind their mark of 8.6 yards per play set last season. Oklahoma’s 11.4 yards per pass attempt (min. 10 attempts) is the best in the country. The Oklahoma offensive attack is led by Jalen Hurts, who is top-three in the country in total offense (376.1, third), passing efficiency (200.3, third) and points responsible for (308, T-first). Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb ranks third in receiving touchdowns (14) and seventh in receiving yards (1,208).

LSU (13-0, 8-0 SEC) jumped from the No. 2 to the No. 1 spot in the final rankings after a dominant 37-10 win over No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Championship game. The win over Georgia gave the Tigers their fifth win over a team ranked in the top-10 at the time of the game. LSU is first in the country in total offense and is the first team in the history of the SEC to feature a 4,000-yard passer (Joe Burrow), a 1,000-yard rusher (Clyde Edwards-Helaire), and two 1,000-yard receivers (Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson). Burrow is first or second in the nation in passing yards (4,715, second), passing touchdowns (48, first), passing yards per game (362.7, second), passing efficiency (201.5, second), total offense (384.9, second) and points responsible for (308, T-first). His favorite receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, leads the country in receiving yards (1,498) and touchdowns (18).

This year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s initial ticket inventory is already sold out, marking the 21st time the Bowl has sold out in its last 23 games, dating back to 1997.

Fans wishing to attend this year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl still have a few remaining ticket options:

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl last hosted a Semifinal in 2016 when No. 1 Alabama defeated No. 4 Washington 24-7. That game boasted the largest crowd to ever see a football game in the Georgia Dome with a record 75,996 in attendance.

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