The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, also being referred to as the Tiger Bowl (after the fact that both teams share the same nickname, "Tigers"), is a college football bowl game that will determine a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2019 season. It will be played at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 13, 2020, with kickoff at 8:00 p.m. EST (7:00 p.m. local CST) on ESPN. Aside from the all-star games that follow, this will be the culminating game of the 2019–20 bowl season. The championship will feature the No. 1 seed LSU Tigers and the No. 3 seed Clemson Tigers
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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 enter the championship game with a 14–0 record (8–0 in conference). LSU's most recent loss was to Texas A&M on November 24, 2018; a seven overtime contest. This is LSU's first appearance in a CFP National Championship game; their last national championship game appearance was 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 enters the championship game with a 14–0 record (8–0 in conference). The Tigers' most recent loss was to Alabama in the CFP semifinal Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2018. Including national championship contests, this is Clemson's ninth overall CFP game; they have a 6–2 record in prior CFP games, and are the defending champions, having defeated Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship.