The 2019 Peach Bowl and the first of two College Football Playoff semi-finals feature the top-ranked team in the nation going up against the fourth-ranked. However, I don’t expect this to be much of a contest. While Oklahoma should be able to score points against LSU, I see no way the Sooners defense can stop Joe Burrow and company.

What scouts are watching

Obviously, the match-up at the forefront has Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb facing off against the incredibly talented LSU secondary.

Hurts has grown in every aspect of the quarterback position while Lamb has moved from the shadow of Marquise Brown to prove he’s not only a legitimate number one receiver on the college level, but a terrific next-level prospect. While the duo torched Big 12 defenses all season long, the LSU secondary they’ll be facing is another story altogether.

The Tigers defensive backfield is NFL ready and possesses two players who will be first-rounders in 2020, as well as a third that will be an early pick in 2022. They are deep, talented and will be the toughest test of the year for Hurts and company.

Prediction:  Oklahoma may keep the Peach Bowl close in the early stages but in the end, LSU wins by at least 21 points. The Sooners offense will be pressing to keep the team in the game and mistakes are inevitable, something Burrow and the LSU offense avoided this year.

LSU vs Oklahoma

GradeRndFull NameSchoolPos#Yr
4.211stJoe BurrowLSUQB95Sr
4.181stGrant DelpitLSUS73Jr
4.091stCeeDee LambOklahomaWR23Jr
4.041stKristian FultonLSUCB224Sr
3.971-2Kenneth MurrayOklahomaILB93Jr
3.932ndJalen HurtsOklahomaQB14Sr
3.842ndCreed HumphreyOklahomaC563So
3.832ndKary Vincent Jr.LSUCB53Jr
3.822ndJacob PhillipsLSUOLB63Jr
3.802ndJustin JeffersonLSUWR23Jr
3.683rdNeville GallimoreOklahomaDT905Sr
3.643rdRashard LawrenceLSUDT904Sr
3.623rdAustin DeculusLSUT763Jr
3.584thClyde Edwards-HelaireLSURB223Jr
3.425thTre NorwoodOklahomaCB133Jr
3.405thK’Lavon ChaissonLSUOLB43So
3.376thDamien LewisLSUG684Sr
3.356thJaCoby StevensLSUS33Jr
3.356thTrey SermonOklahomaRB43Jr
3.306-7Dee AndersonLSUWR114Sr
3.25FAStephen SullivanLSUWR104Sr
3.25FAParnell MotleyOklahomaCB114Sr
3.21FAGlen LoganLSUDE974Jr
3.20FAMichael DivinityLSUOLB454Sr
3.05FADerrick DillonLSUWR195Sr
3.05FABreiden FehokoLSUDT915Sr
3.03FAKenneth MannOklahomaDE555Sr
3.00FATre BrownOklahomaCB63Jr
2.98FACaleb KellyOklahomaILB194Sr
2.80FAMykel JonesOklahomaWR34Jr
2.71FABadara TraoreLSUT744Sr
2.60RFAGrant CalcaterraOklahomaWR803Jr

 

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