No. 1 LSU to play No. 4 Oklahoma on Dec. 28 in national semis in Atlanta — 3 p.m. on ESPN

Glenn Guilbeau
The Daily Advertiser
Dec 7, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates their 37-10 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs after the 2019 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

ATLANTA — LSU moved to No. 1 from No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings Sunday morning, bumping Ohio State, and will play No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) on Dec. 28 in a national semifinal in Atlanta.

Kickoff is at 3 p.m. central time Saturday, Dec. 28, on ESPN at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"Obviously, it's an accomplishment," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said in a teleconference Sunday afternoon about the Tigers reaching the playoffs for the first time since the format began in 2014. "But it's not the final destination."

The Tigers (13-0) defeated No. 4 Georgia convincingly, 37-10, Saturday in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game also at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, whereas Ohio State trailed No. 8 Wisconsin, 21-7, at halftime in the Big Ten title game Saturday before winning, 34-21. The Buckeyes (13-0) fell to No. 2 and will play No. 3 Clemson (13-0) in the other national semifinal on Dec. 28 in Glendale, Arizona. That game will kick off at 7 p.m. central time on ESPN.

The national championship game will be on Jan. 13 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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LSU won its first SEC title since 2011 when it went on to lose the national championship to Alabama at the Superdome. LSU won national championships in 1958, 2003 and 2007.

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"Wherever they tell us to play, we're going to get it," Orgeron said Saturday night. Now, he and his team get to play in the same stadium.

"We loved it. What a great stadium," Orgeron said Sunday. "It helps to play there again. We're familiar with it. We're fortunate we can go back to Atlanta because we can bring a lot of fans. It worked out in our favor. That's just the way the ball bounces. It should be an outstanding battle."