Our 2019 LSU vs Oklahoma pick features two high-powered offenses. This LSU vs Oklahoma pick has the Tigers favored by 13.5 and the over/under at 76.0. This is the first of two College Football Playoff Semifinal games being played on Saturday, December 28. The second game, featuring #2 Ohio State and #3 Clemson, starts at 8 pm ET. Played under the aegis of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, the game will be held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia at 4 pm ET.
The #1 LSU Tigers (13-0) topped the Southeastern Conference West Division with an 8-0 record. They easily beat out #13 Alabama for the top spot. The Crimson Tide finished with a 6-2 record. The Tigers met the #5 Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC championship. LSU beat Georgia 37-10 winning the conference title. The Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) went 8-1 in the Big 12. The Sooners met the #7 Baylor Bears, who were also 8-1 in the Big 12. Oklahoma beat Baylor for the title 30-23 in OT.
2019 LSU vs Oklahoma Pick – Regular Season
The Tigers, who had a tough schedule, won every game. Along the way to a perfect mark, they beat five top-10 teams. On September 7, they beat #9 Texas 45-38. From October 12 through November 9, LSU took down #7 Florida 42-28, #9 Auburn 23-20, and #3 Alabama 46-41. As noted, they played the #3 Georgia Bulldogs for the conference championship and won the crown.
Oklahoma played a rigorous schedule. They started the season with a 49-31 win over Houston. They reeled off a total of seven wins, including one over #11 Texas, before they suffered what would be their only loss of the season. That loss occurred when the unranked Kansas State Wildcats took them down 48-41. Our 2019 LSU vs Oklahoma pick observes that over the final five games of the year, the Sooners ran the table, which included three top-25 college football wins. During that time, they beat #21 Oklahoma State 34-16, and then took down Baylor twice. The first game was on November 16 when they beat the 13th-ranked Bears 34-31. On December 7, they beat the then 7th-ranked Baylor Bears for the Big 12 Championship.
LSU Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners – Stats
Both of these teams have potent offenses and both have tough defenses. LSU is averaging 47.8 PPG, while Oklahoma is averaging 43.2 PPG. Both offenses are generating 554 yards per game. The Tigers are good for 386.8 passing YPG and 167.5 rushing YPG. OU is rushing for 251.2 YPG on the ground and passing for 303.0 YPG in the air.
The LSU defense is holding opponents to 21.2 PPG. Oklahoma is allowing teams 24.5 PPG. The Tiger D is allowing 341.3 YPG overall with 221.7 in passing and 119.6 in rushing. The Sooner defense is holding opponents to 330.6 YPG in total. Air yards come to 198.5 PG, and ground yards are at 198.5 PG.
LSU at Oklahoma – Players
LSU’s not so secret weapon is QB Burrow. They offer an exceptional pass attack and potent ground game. On defense, they are highly skilled at stifling passing games. The versatile Jalen Hurts quarterbacks the Sooners. He offers amazing skills as a passer and runner. The Oklahoma defense is not as deep or effective as LSU’s.
Our 2019 LSU vs Oklahoma pick notes that Tigers’ QB Joe Burrow is a huge talent. He’s thrown for 4,715 yards and 48 TDs, Burrow has tossed just six picks. He’s completing close to 78% of his passes. His receiving unit is deep, as LSU has four pass catchers who are in double-digits on TD receptions. WR Ja’Marr Chase has 78 catches, 1,498 yards, and 18 TDs. Wideout Justin Jefferson comes to the gae with 88 receptions, 1,207 yards, and 14 scores. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 197 carries for 1,290 and 16 TDs.
The Tiger defense has grabbed 16 picks and defended 70 passes. They also have 33 sacks and six FF. Corner Derek Stingley Jr. has a half-dozen interceptions and 15 PD. Safety Jacoby Stevens comes to this gane with five sacks, three INTs, and five passes defended. The secondary on this team is exceptional.
Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts has been a major addition to this team. Hurts has passed for 3,634 yards and rushed for another 1,255. He has accumulated 32 TD passes and 18 rushing scores. Hurts is completing 71.8% of his passes and averaging 5.7 yards per rush. Three other running backs have rushed for a combined over 1,700 yards and 15 scores. WR Ceedee Lamb tops all Sooner receivers with 58 catches, 1,208 yards, and 14 TD receptions.
Oklahoma’s defense has accumulated 35 sacks, seven interceptions, and 46 PD. They also have nine FF. Corners Tree Brown and Parnell Motley each have defended 11 passes and made one pick. DT Jalen Redmond has scored 5.5 sacks while LB Kenneth Murray leads the team with 65 solo tackles and 95 total tackles. He also has made four sacks and defended four passes.
Five Keys to the Game
In creating our 2019 LSU vs Oklahoma pick, we acknowledge these five keys:
- LSU and OU both have premium QBs
- LSU is deeper on both sides of the ball
- Tigers put an exceptional secondary on the field
- Oklahoma rush attack is tough to stop
- Look for LSU to wear down Sooners
Our 2019 LSU vs Oklahoma Pick
Will LSU cover at 13.5? We think that they will. They are very deep and skilled. The Sooners are certainly talented, but we don’t think OU will be able to keep up with LSU. Our 2019 LSU vs Oklahoma pick is the Tigers at -13.5. We’re going with the under. LSU could score about 40, but we expect Oklahoma to put up less than 30. The totals are at 76.0.