Peach Bowl : Peach Bowl The Tigers and Sooners have the top two offenses in the nation this season, averaging 554.4 and 554.2 total yards, respectively. LSU’s unit is led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, and Oklahoma has the runner-up for the award, quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The two teams will face off in Saturday’s Peach Bowl, which takes place at 4 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will air live on ESPN.
Here’s a look at three key matchups in the game that could decide which team wins the Peach Bowl and advances to the CFP National Championship.
What’s better than watching two likely first-round NFL draft talents going head-to-head on the field?
Lamb and Fulton are both going to be selected early in the draft in April, as both are poised to go on to have successful pro careers. But first, both players want to lead their respective team to a national title. And it should be fun watching these two talented standouts face off.
An explosive deep threat, Lamb has 58 receptions for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Meanwhile, Fulton has an interception and 12 pass deflections, and he’d have even more impressive stats if opposing quarterbacks tried to challenge him more often.
However, it likely won’t be just Fulton covering Lamb on some plays. Expect Tigers safety Grant Delpit, another likely first-round NFL draft pick, to join in on the coverage. And that may be tough for Lamb to overcome.
There are some LSU players who are already quite aware of Hurts’ playmaking ability. That’s because the Oklahoma quarterback faced the Tigers twice during his three-year career at Alabama, where he played before transferring to the Sooners this year.
One of those players is LSU senior defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence, who discussed Hurts’ impressive skill set during Monday’s Peach Bowl press conferences in Atlanta.
“I think the biggest thing is he can sit back there and throw it,” Lawrence said, according to Shea Dixon of 247Sports. “They’ve got a lot of different designed runs for him, but he’ll sit back there and throw it. It’s going to be tough with all the different things they can do. […] Jalen, he can throw it, he can run it and he’s also the heart and soul of that team.”
The Tigers’ defensive line will try to limit what Hurts does with his feet. But a lot of teams have struggled to do that this season, as Hurts has rushed for 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns, both career highs. It will be a challenge for LSU.
The Sooners will be missing one of their best front-seven players, while the Tigers could be without their starting running back. So, some unproven players may be filling in for this matchup.
LSU starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a hamstring injury last week in practice and his status for Saturday is unclear. If he can’t play, the Tigers will likely rely on a pair of true freshmen, Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery, and redshirt freshman Chris Curry.
On the other side, Oklahoma defensive end Ronnie Perkins is suspended for Saturday’s game. He leads the Sooners with six sacks and has 38 tackles and a forced fumble. But he won’t be making plays in the Peach Bowl, so Oklahoma will need other defensive linemen to step up.
“We’ve got some quality depth behind and we’re able to, when a great player’s out for whatever reason, you’re able to plug the leak and kind of keep on churning,” Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley said during his Monday press conference. “LSU’s been able to do that at running back from what we’ve been able to see, and we’ve been able to do that at certainly multiple positions this year, too.”
LSU vs. Oklahoma: Peach Bowl time, TV channel, preview, prediction
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LSU has the No. 1 ranking, but the Tigers get familiar College Football Playoff semifinalist Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 28 in a CFP semifinal. Below, find the prediction, time, TV channel and preview information.
Both teams previously won national titles in the poll era and also BCS national titles (LSU in the 2003 and 2007 seasons. Oklahoma in 2000), but the Tigers and OU have yet to win a CFP national championship.
LSU vs. Oklahoma: Fiesta Bowl time, TV channel
The Tigers and Sooners play at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game is on ESPN.
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LSU vs. Oklahoma: Peach Bowl preview, prediction
While LSU is the top-ranked team in the CFP, this is the program’s first CFP appearance; Oklahoma is in the semifinals for the third season in a row and fourth time overall. The Sooners are also the only non-undefeated team in the CFP for the second year in a row.
But the narratives have shifted a bit with the two programs. In recent years, LSU had a dominant defense yet struggled to keep pace with Alabama — particularly in the passing game. Oklahoma, meanwhile, had a ridiculous offense led by back-to-back Heisman winners that made up for a leaky defense. OU simply outscored teams.
But in 2019, LSU has the Heisman winner in QB Joe Burrow, who’s second in the country in passing yards (4,715), first in completion percentage (77.9) and first in passing touchdowns (48). LSU is No. 1 in total offense (554.4). No. 2? Oklahoma at 554.2.
Sooners QB Jalen Hurts moved the team’s Heisman finalist streak to four in a row, finishing as runner-up to Burrow. The Alabama transfer leads the country in yards per attempt (11.76) while also ranking 20th in rushing yards (1,255) among all players. But Hurts did have some turnover woes late in the season. Still, OU did enough to move up in the polls after losing to Kansas State in late October.