The Final Four is set for Saturday, December 28th. No.4 Oklahoma will take on No.1 LSU at 4PM on ESPN. There is no surprise that The Sooners and Tigers are meeting up in this game. Both offenses are unstoppable.
Oklahoma(12-1) vs. LSU (13-0):
Most experts think LSU is the best team in the country and it is hard to dispute that thought process. Ed Edgerton is the prefect coach to run this program. LSU ran through the SEC with ease. Heisman Trophy Winner, Joe Burrow has put up video-game-like numbers. He has passed for over 4,700 yards, 48 touchdown passes and only 6 interceptions. LSU also has the best WR group in the country. Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have a combined 211 catches and over 2,800 yards and 33 touchdowns. Their 4th option, Terrace Marshall Jr. has 10 touchdowns as well. Edwards-Helaire rushed for 1200 yards, had 16 touchdowns and averages 6.5 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Tigers have tremendous team speed and can limit opposing teams running attack. If there is a weakness, its their pass rush. LSU only had 33 sacks on the season.
Oklahoma is led by head coach Lincoln Riley and Alabama transfer, Jalen Hurts. Both are making their 3rd straight appearance in the Final Four playoffs. Hurts and Oklahoma will not be intimidated and the moment wont be too big for them. The Oklahoma quarterback threw for over 3,200 yards and rushed for 1,255 yards. He threw 32 touchdowns and ran for another 18. CeeDee Lamb could be the best wide receiver in the nation. He had 58 catches for over 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. He also averaged 20 yards per reception. Charleston Rambo is a very good number 2 option and Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon make a great 1-2 punch at the running back position.
The Sooners defense has been their weakness over the past few years. They have improved their defense but it is still not elite,they had 35 sacks on the season. If they want any chance of winning this game, they have to cause 2-3 turnovers.
The Tigers average 47.8 points and 554.3 yards per game. The Sooners average 43.2 points and 554.2 yards per contest. Hurts went to Oklahoma to start and play for a National Championship. Through hard work and tremendous resolve, he is getting his wish. LSU is favored by 2 touchdowns. The only way to beat LSU is to keep their prolific offense off the field. Look for Riley to run Hurts and his trio of running backs as much as possible. This game will be closer than people think.
LSU scores late and wins, 52-43.