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2019 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Preview

The College Football Playoff semi-finals will take place on December 28. In the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Oklahoma will take on LSU for a chance to go to the National Championship Game. Here is the 2019 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Preview.

4. Oklahoma Sooners (12-1)

Lincoln Riley has made another CFP in his young coaching career. The Sooners went 12-1, beating five bowl-eligible teams along the way. Their one loss came to Kansas State, who went 8-4 this season.

2019 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Preview
Jalen Hurts (photo by al.com)

The Sooners have the fifth-highest scoring offense in the country at 43.2 points per game. They rush for 251.2 yards per game (ranked 12th) and pass for 303 yards per game (ranked 16).

Alabama-transfer Jalen Hurts has been the leader for the Sooners this season under center. Hurts has thrown for 3,634 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 71.8 percent completion. Five players have over 200 receiving yards for the Sooners. CeeDee Lamb is a star with 58 receptions for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Hurts is leading the Sooners in rushing this season with 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns. Three running backs have over 300 rushing yards for Oklahoma. Kennedy Brooks has 976 rushing yards and five touchdowns this season.

The defense is much improved, as they allow 24.5 points per game, ranking 50th in the country. They give up 132.1 rushing yards (ranked 32nd) and 198.5 passing yards per game (ranked 24th). Linebacker Kenneth Murray has been a standout performer with 95 total tackles. Tre Brown and Parnell Motley are defensive backs who each have 11 passes defended on the season.

1. LSU Tigers (13-0)

Ed Orgeron has taken home some coach of the year awards already after leading the Tigers to a 13-0 record. LSU has beaten nine bowl-eligible teams this season.

The offense scores 47.8 points per game, which is third-best in the FBS. They rush for 167.5 yards per game (ranked 62nd) and pass for 386.8 yards per game (ranked second).

2019 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Preview
Joe Burrow (photo by si.com)

Heisman Tophy-winner Joe Burrow has brought this offense to new heights this season. He has thrown for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and six interceptions on 77.9 percent completion. Six receivers have over 200 receiving yards this season. Their two star pass-catchers, Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, each have over 70 catches, 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Tigers have found a star at running back this season as well. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 1,290 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He was injured in practice and his status for the bowl game is unknown. Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery Jr. will have to pick up the slack if Edwards-Helaire can’t go.

LSU allows 21.6 points per game, ranking them 27th in the country. They allow 119.6 rushing yards per game (ranked 24th) and 221.7 passing yards per game (ranked 57th). Linebacker Jacob Phillips has 97 total tackles this season. Cornerbacks Derek Stingley Jr. (15) and Kristian Fulton (12) each have played well this season.

Prediction

LSU’s offense hasn’t been stopped all season and they won’t be in this game. Oklahoma will keep up for the first half, but the Tigers will pull away in the second half.

LSU Tigers 45 Oklahoma Sooners 33

 

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