LSU head coach Les Miles accepts an invitation to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl from Leeman Bennett.
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LSU Accepts Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Invitation
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Published: December 05, 2005, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:20 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- LSU was officially invited to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Monday as representatives from the bowl game were on the LSU campus to personally extend the invitation to head coach Les Miles and director of athletics Skip Bertman.

Members of the Geaux Zone can watch on-demand video of the 30-minute press conference now using the links above.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will pit the 10th-ranked Tigers against ninth-ranked Miami  in one of only three bowl games featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation. LSU brings a 10-2 mark into the Dec. 30 game, while the Hurricanes are 9-2 overall.

The Rose Bowl, which features No. 1 Southern Cal and No. 2 Texas, along with the Fiesta Bowl, which has No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Notre Dame, are the only other bowl games with Top 10 matchups.

"We're ecstatic to be here in Baton Rouge today to officially invite LSU to play Miami in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl," Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan said. "When you look at the opportunity that the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl has in matching up two top 10 teams, we feel like we have a BCS game that will happen in Atlanta on December 30th in an unopposed TV time slot on ESPN. We're obviously very excited about the matchup between LSU and Miami."

LSU and Miami will meet for the first time since the 1988 season in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 30. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN. It will mark LSU's first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl since the 2000 season when the Tigers posted a 28-14 win over Georgia Tech.

"We accept with great enthusiasm," Miles said of his teams' participating in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. "We understand the history behind the bowl game and enjoy the venue in which it's played. The Georgia Dome is a wonderful place to play and we hope that our Louisiana friends fill it. It's going to be a great game."

In all, it will mark LSU's fourth Peach Bowl appearance. LSU is 3-0 all-time in Peach Bowl contests, which includes a 31-27 win over Florida State in the inaugural Peach Bowl in 1968, followed by a 10-7 victory over Clemson in 1996.

"We are very excited," Bertman said. "The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has a great history and it's a wonderful event that our coaches, players, families and fans are looking forward to being a part of.

"People want to hear the LSU story. I know our fans are extremely loyal. Wherever we go, our fans make a lot of friends. Atlanta is a great city and of course, that venue is spectacular."

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