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How and what to watch in the CFP semifinals between LSU and Oklahoma

Does Jalen Hurts have what it takes to outsling Joe Burrow in the College Football Playoff?

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In the first College Football Playoff game of the night, the undefeated LSU Tigers will take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Peach Bowl.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the build up of this game, there has been quite a bit of news. Oklahoma suspended defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins, running back Rhamondre Stevenson and wide receiver Trejan Bridges.

Sooners safety Delarrin Turner-Yell broke his collarbone during practice and will not be playing. On LSU’s side, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire injured his hamstring during practice, and there has been no report as to whether he will play or not.

Not the best time for suspension or injuries, but it should still be a wild one in the first College Football Playoff game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Peach Bowl will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Dec. 28 and can be seen on ESPN and via live online stream at WatchESPN.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Spread: LSU (-13.5) vs. Oklahoma
Point Total: 75 O/U (-110)
Money line: Tigers (-480), Sooners (+350)

- Oklahoma is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games.

- The total has gone under in four of Oklahoma’s last five games.

- LSU is 10-3-2 against the spread in its last 15 games.

- The total has one over in 11 of LSU’s last 16 games.

The Best Bet

LSU will score a lot of points, and it has a defense that can give up quite a bit. The difference in this game will be quarterback play. Joe Burrow has been just about flawless all season long, and Jalen Hurts has struggled over the last few games of the season. Hurts turned the ball over multiple times in three of his last four games. I think the LSU defense will get some takeaways, and I like the Tigers to cover especially if you can get it under two touchdowns.

Pick: LSU -13.5

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