Oklahoma vs. LSU - 12/28/19 College Football Playoff Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) at LSU Tigers (13-0)
College Football: Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: LSU Tigers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 76
The Oklahoma Sooners and LSU Tigers meet Saturday in the college football Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Oklahoma Sooners enter this playoff game on a five-game winning streak. The Oklahoma Sooners have won three straight non-home games. Jalen Hurts is completing 71.8 percent of his passes for 3,634 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Hurts has one touchdown pass in three of his last six games. CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo have combined for 1,942 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns while Lee Harris has 18 receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 251.2 yards per contest, and Hurts leads the way with 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 24.5 points and 330.6 yards per game. Kenneth Murray leads the Oklahoma Sooners with 95 tackles, Ronnie Perkins has six sacks and Brendan Radley-Hiles has two interceptions.
The LSU Tigers are a perfect 13-0 on the season and are the favorites to win the national title. The LSU Tigers have won all six non-home games this season. Joe Burrow is completing 77.9 percent of his passes for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and six interceptions. Burrow has three or more touchdown passes in five straight games. Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson have combined for 2,705 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns while Terrace Marshall Jr. has 37 receptions. The LSU Tigers ground game is averaging 167.4 yards per contest, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads the way with 1,290 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, LSU is allowing 21.2 points and 341.3 yards per game. Jacob Phillips leads the LSU Tigers with 97 tackles, JaCoby Stevens has five sacks and Derek Stingley Jr. has six interceptions.
The Sooners are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 4-0 in Sooners last 4 games overall. The over is 5-1-1 in Tigers last 7 non-conference games.
The LSU Tigers are the best team in the country and their balance creates an opening for a blowout victory. The problem is the Oklahoma Sooners are highly explosive offensively and have a quarterback in Hurts who has faced LSU twice in his career and won both games at Alabama. The Oklahoma Sooners are better defensively than they've been in the past and having an experienced quarterback who has been there done that counts for something. LSU should win this game and eventually win the championship, but this line is too disrespectful to what the Sooners have on the other side. Give me the points.