The College Football Playoff teams will not officially be announced until Sunday at 12 p.m. Eastern, but LSU has punched their ticket to the bracket. The question is who LSU will play next in the playoff, and what bowl game the Tigers will be playing in.
LSU is expected to either be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. Heading into the conference championships, LSU was ranked No. 2 behind Ohio State. That was before LSU’s blowout win over No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Championship.
Our latest projections have LSU jumping the Buckeyes as the top seed. It will be up to the committee as to how they compare LSU’s win over Georgia with Ohio State’s potential victory over Wisconsin.
LSU Makes Case for the No. 1 Seed in College Football Playoff
If this comes to fruition, LSU would likely take on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. This means the Tigers would play back-to-back games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The committee could also keep Ohio State as the No. 1 seed as long as they win the Big Ten championship. If this happens, LSU would likely play a No. 3 seeded Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
Prior to their matchup with Georgia, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron dismissed the idea that the SEC title game did not matter because they would likely make the playoff even with a loss.
“I ain’t even thinking about that,” Orgeron said, per Saturday Down South. “I don’t buy that. We’ve got to win. That’s not coming into play. Not even considering that.”
During a media conference call, College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens detailed how the groups compared LSU with Ohio State after the latest rankings were released.
“Two really, really good teams, first of all,” Mullens noted. “That’s what the committee sees. Ohio State now with their impressive win over Michigan on the road has four wins over top-25 teams. LSU has three very impressive wins over top-25 teams. As we’ve talked in past weeks, both really have dynamic offenses, both have good defenses.”