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Two of the teams left vying for a chance at a National Championship have something to prove. The LSU Tigers have not won a national title since 2007. Can they win the big game? The Oklahoma Sooners defense isn’t championship quality. Can they possibly stop LSU’s offense? Some of these questions will be answered today when they face off in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
Oklahoma has the ultimate dual threat quarterback in Jalen Hurts. He led the Sooners in passing and rushing. Don’t be fooled though, because they have other weapons for LSU’s defense to consider.
Running back Kennedy Brooks has game breaking speed. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is a physical player and will require a double team., Don’t sleep on his partner on the other side with wide receiver Charleston Rambo, who is very capable of big plays.
LSU has a lethal passing attack that has garnered most of the attention. Heisman winning quarterback Joe Burrow has been nothing short of spectacular all season. His completion percentage has been video game like.
His trio of wide receivers, JaMarr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Terrace Marshall Jr., have been unstoppable. The problem with committing to stopping the passing game is that it opens up lanes for running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who is equally dangerous. Pick your poison.
The Sooners started off the year strong and seemed to have fixed some issues. As the season wore on, they started to resemble last year’s defense, giving up chunk plays in bunches. Not good against a potent LSU offense.
Linebacker Kenneth Murray must have a huge impact on the game if they are to have any chance to keep it close. The keys for Oklahoma are how much pressure they can apply on Burrow and tackling in space.
The Tigers have not exactly been world beaters on defense themselves. There have been games where they have given up major yards, especially on the ground. LSU will crowd the box with eight and dare them to beat them with the pass. They will take their chances with their talented defensive backs.
Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is an offensive genius and will try to come up with a creative game plan to keep them in it. The problem is he can’t help the defense solve LSU’s offense.
LSU’s Ed Orgeron has pushed all the right buttons this season and they have momentum going into this game. Can he keep making the right calls?
Prediction: LSU’s offense will eventually overwhelm Oklahoma’s defense and win, pulling away late.