Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners Football Vs. LSU | Storylines, How to Watch, Odds, & Predictions

M. Hofeld

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Kickoff: 3:00 PM CT

Location:  Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)

Television: ESPN

Storylines

Oklahoma is making its third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance and fourth in five seasons. Only Alabama and Clemson (five each) have more appearances than OU. Ohio State is making its third appearance and LSU its first.

OU is making its first Peach Bowl appearance and will be playing its first game in Georgia. LSU is 5-1 in the Peach Bowl.

This marks Oklahoma’s 53rd bowl appearance, seventh most nationally. Thirty-eight of those 53 have come in bowls that comprise the current New Year’s Six (Orange [20], Sugar [8], Fiesta [5], Cotton [2], Rose [2] and Peach [1]). The 38 does not include OU’s BCS Championship Game appearance on Jan. 1, 2009.

The Sooners own a 29-22-1 (.567) bowl record. Their 29 bowl wins are tied with Penn State and Texas for the fourth most nationally.

OU is making its 21st consecutive bowl appearance, by far the longest streak in school history (the previous record was eight from the 1975-82 seasons under Barry Switzer). The streak, which began in Bob Stoops’ 1999 debut season as head coach, is the third-longest active bowl streak in the nation recognized by the NCAA (Virginia Tech 27, Georgia 23).

The Peach Bowl will mark the third meeting between Oklahoma and LSU, with each program owning a Sugar Bowl win. The Sooners posted a 35-0 victory to end the 1949 season and the Tigers prevailed 21-14 in the BCS title game to cap the 2003 campaign.

Oklahoma has played six games against SEC teams over the last seven seasons and has gone 4-2. OU scored at least 31 points in each of those six contests and has averaged 38. The Sooners downed No. 3 Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl to end the 2013 season, beat Tennessee 34-10 in 2014 in Norman, outlasted No. 23 Tennessee 31-24 in double-overtime in 2015 in Knoxville, and handled No. 17 Auburn 35-19 in the Sugar Bowl to cap the 2016 season. Two years ago in the Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal), OU led Georgia 31-17 at halftime but lost 54-48 in double-overtime. The Sooners dropped a 45-34 contest to Alabama in last year’s Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal).

This year’s Peach Bowl will feature the nation’s top two offenses in terms of yards per game. LSU leads the country with its 554.4 yards per contest and OU ranks second at 554.2. The Sooners average a national-best 8.2 yards per offensive play while the Tigers rank third at 7.8.

Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts will be the first quarterback to start a College Football Playoff game for two schools. He started two CFP games in each of the 2016 and 2017 seasons for Alabama. He also played in both of the Crimson Tide’s CFP games last year in a reserve role. The Peach Bowl will mark Hurts’ seventh CFP contest.

Odds

LSU (-14)

O/U 76

Predictions

Craig: 41-33 Oklahoma

Zack: 34-31 Oklahoma

Mark: 38-35 LSU

Matt: 42-35 LSU

Rich: 38-34 LSU

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