The No. 1 LSU (13-0) meets No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) in the semifinal of the football soccer match at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday. Play time is scheduled for 4pm. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
LSU led the nation in total offense (554.3) with the help of Heisman Trophy winner – and Sporting News Player of the Year – Joe Burrow. The Tigers scored 47.8 points per game (finally third nationally), and coach Ed Orgeron has a flush flush with pan-American talent. This includes first team SN All-Americans Ja’Marr Chase, Derek Stingley Jr. and Grant Delpit. The Tigers won five of their top wins during the regular season.
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Oklahoma won a fifth straight Big 12 Championship and made a third straight appearance at the Playoff under coach Lincoln Riley. Heisman Trophy striker Jalen Hurts leads a talented offense that finished second in the FBS in total yards (554.2) and fifth in points per game (43.2). The wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is a game-changer, and the defense improved under new coordinator Alex Grinch. But Oklahoma will not start Ronnie Perkins’ defensive end, but will also run behind Rhamondre Stevenson and receiver Trejan Bridges, who was postponed on Wednesday.
There will be a surplus of the first round of NFL talent on the field when these teams are linked. With that in mind, here’s everything you need for the Peach Bowl Playoff semifinal:
Oklahoma vs. LSU
Hearsay: LSU -13.5
Total points: 75.5
Monoyline: LSU -500, Oklahoma +380
LSU is a favorite of 13.5 points according to Sports Insider. The line opened at -11 and continued to move upwards and closer to the kickoff.
Oklahoma vs. LSU of all time
The Tigers and the conservatives split two previous meetings – and in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma beat LSU 35-0 to cover a perfect season on January 2, 1950. The Tigers, however, returned the favor with a 21-14 victory at BCS on January 4, 2004.
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Three trends we need to know
– The Tigers are 2-1 against spreading cup games and 5-2 against spreading to neutral locations under Orgeron. They have the same record straight in these situations.
– Oklahoma is 3-1 against the spread and 2-2 straight as an outsider. is 3-5 against spread and 5-3 straight on neutral sites under Lincoln Riley from 2017.
– The Sooners played goalkeepers against SEC teams in the last two Playoff semifinals. A total of 102 points with Georgia reached 54-48 double overtime in 2017 and 79 points with Alabama in a 45-34 loss last year.
Three things to look out for
Hurts has had two starts against LSU since his time with Alabama, and was a different player on his feet, averaging 17 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown on those two wins. If they have a similar success against a Tigers defense that has allowed 119.6 points per game, the Sooners will have more success in the air. Oklahoma’s defense is not much worse than LSU’s 132.1 yards per game, but Burrow can also be a factor in his ability to scramble. Burrow averaged 12.5 and 52.5 rushing yards in wins against Georgia and Alabama.
Five players in this game had more than 40 receptions this season: Oklahoma’s Lamb Lamb (58 catches, 1,208 yards, 14 catches) and Charleston Rambo (42 catches, 734 yards, five catches) and Chase LSU (73 catches). , 1,498 yards, 18 touchdowns), Justin Jefferson (88 catches, 1,207 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (50 catches, 399 yards a touchdown), whose status is unclear due to injury. LSU’s Terrace Marshall Jr. (37 catches, 545 yards, 10 touchdowns) is another weapon. Burrow and Hurts will have more than enough opportunities to do great projects by air.
Put it right now
Burrow won the Trophy Heisman and became the love of the awards season, especially as his emotional reason raised money for the poor in southeastern Ohio. Cam Newton (2010) and Jameis Winston (2013) led their teams to national championships after winning the Heisman Trophy, but those were before the Playoff season. No player who has won the Heisman has been successful since. Burrow has already rewritten the SEC record book – could LSU regain his place at the top of college football?
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Stat that matters
Oklahoma ranks 129th on the FBS with 75.08 penalties per game this season and the Sooners have the worst margin among the Playoff teams at -7. This team is capable of getting into a shootout with the Tigers, but some turnovers and penalties could swing that in the direction of LSU. Oklahoma should be better in both parts.
Oklahoma vs. LSU prediction
The Sooners led Georgia 31-17 at halftime two years ago and beat Alabama 31-10 last year. If the Tigers get in early, then Oklahoma may have a problem. LSU will put pressure on Hurts early after a few quick tries, but the Sooners will respond and be within a half time mark. After all, it’s a Hurts turnover in the second half that opens the door for Burrow, and closes it with a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. LSU wins a penalty shootout.
LSU 41, Oklahoma 31