CFP National Championship

CFP National Championship

Hunter Rumsey

LSU defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on December 7, and received a bid to the Peach Bowl with the release of final CFP rankings on December 8. The Tigers defeated Oklahoma, 63–28, in the CFP semifinal Peach Bowl on December 28, which was LSU’s first CFP semifinal appearance. The Tigers entered the championship game with a 14–0 record and 8–0 in conference). LSU’s most recent loss was to Texas A&M on November 24, 2018; a seven overtime contest. This was LSU’s first appearance in a CFP National Championship game; their most recent national championship game appearance had been a loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game

Clemson defeated Virginia in the ACC Championship Game on December 7, and received a bid to the Fiesta Bowl with the release of final CFP rankings on December 8. On December 28, the Tigers defeated Ohio State in the CFP semifinal Fiesta Bowl, 29–23. Clemson also entered the championship game with a 14–0 record and 8–0 in the conference. The Tigers’ most recent loss had been to Alabama in the CFP semifinal Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2018; their 29 consecutive victories following that loss constituted one of the longest NCAA Division I football winning streaks.[13] Including national championship contests, this was Clemson’s ninth overall CFP game; they had a 6–2 record in prior CFP games, and were the defending champions, having defeated Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship.

The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship was a college football bowl game that determined a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2019 season. It was played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 13, 2020, with kickoff at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN. Aside from the all-star games that follow, this was the culminating game of the 2019–20 bowl season. The championship featured the top-seeded LSU Tigers from the Southeastern Conference defeating the third seed Clemson Tigers from the Atlantic Coast Conference by a score of 42–25. The win gave LSU their ninth overall national championship, but their first of the College Football Playoff era. Clemson, for their part, appeared in their fourth overall CFP National Championship game, tying them with Alabama for the most appearances by any team.