To start the College Football Playoff semifinals, LSU and Oklahoma will square off in the Peach Bowl
While the second game of the night is expected by odds makers to be the more competitive game of the night, this one should be the most fun to watch if you like points. LSU averages the most yards per game with 554.3, while Oklahoma comes in second with 554.2. yards per game. The weak spots on both of these teams comes in on the defense.
In this one, we will see a pair of Heisman finalists with Joe Burrow, the heavy favorite, and Jalen Hurts, the latest star transfer quarterback at Oklahoma. Burrow has been nearly flawless as the LSU offense is among the stories of the year in college football, while Hurts has been prone to mistakes recently for the Sooners with multiple turnovers in three if their last four games.
Oklahoma needed overtime against Baylor, which was using backup quarterbacks for most of the game, to win the Big 12 and get into the Playoff. Five of the past six games for Oklahoma have been decided by a touchdown or less, while LSU’s last one-score game came in a road win over Alabama in early November.
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Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
LSU -13.5 (LSU opened -10), 76
Initial Betting Analysis
It would have been nice to get LSU -10 when this line opened, but I’d jump on it as soon as possible if you’re planning to bet on LSU. That -13.5 could turn into 14 fairly quickly, and there is much more value getting this under two touchdowns. If for some reason you have any doubts about this LSU offense, Joe Burrow just put up 349 yards with four touchdowns on Georgia, one of the best defenses in the sport. The Oklahoma defense is improved from last season, but it’s still a defense that gave up 30 or more points four times this season. I like LSU to cover this number and take the over 76.
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