Four teams will take the sector Saturday for the College Football Playoff, with the winners clinching spots throughout the College Football Playoff National Championship sport.
The College Football Playoff slate begins with No. 1 LSU battling No. 4 Oklahoma throughout the Peach Bowl. Heisman Trophy profitable quarterback Joe Burrow and the Tigers are favored to win and advance to the Jan. 13 title sport.
“I know everyone is just ready to play,” Burrow talked about Thursday. “Being here for a week is nice, but we are ready to go out and play the game and go back to Baton Rouge.”
No. 2 Ohio State battles reigning nationwide champion No. 3 Clemson throughout the Fiesta Bowl, following the Peach Bowl.
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
LSU and Oklahoma kick-off at 4 p.m. EST Saturday in Atlanta. Burrow’s Tigers are 14-point favorites, in accordance with Bovada. The Tigers (13-0) have acquired a median score of 47.8-21.2 this season behind one in every of many most-prolific offenses in college soccer. Burrow threw a Southeastern Conference file 48 touchdown passes to lead the Tigers to the College Football Playoff. The Sooners’ lone loss this season was a 48-41 setback to Kansas State Oct. 26 in Manhattan, Kan.
Alabama quarterback swap Jalen Hurts leads the Sooners. Hurts, who accomplished second in Heisman Trophy voting, completed 71.8 p.c of his throws this season for 3,634 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He moreover ran for 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns.
“I came here [Oklahoma] to win football games,” Hurts talked about. “Regardless of wherever I would have gone, I’m here. We’ve done a pretty good job of winning so far and we want to finish strong.”
While Hurts can be the first weapon LSU needs to stop, the Sooners will seemingly be tasked with stopping various threats throughout the Tigers’ offense.
Tigers large receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson every eclipsed 1,000 yards this season. Chase led college soccer with 1,498 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2019. Thaddeus Moss is among the many biggest tight ends in college soccer. Running once more Clyde Edwards-Helaire moreover has had a particular season, nonetheless, it’s questionable to play due to hamstring harm.
Tigers coach Ed Orgeron knowledgeable reporters Friday that he thinks Edwards-Helaire will go effectively with up for the Peach Bowl.
“Obviously, if Clyde’s ready to play, we’re going to let him play,” Orgeron talked about. “But he’s a game-time decision. Do I think he plays? Yes, but how much he plays, I don’t know. He’s not 100 percent, obviously.”
The Tigers’ safety moreover boasts star playmakers in Jim Thorpe Award winner Grant Delpit, cornerback Kristian Fulton and cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr. Still, that safety has been victimized by large performs, which is often lined up by the Tigers’ high-octane offense.
LSU ranks No. 1 in the entire offense, whereas Oklahoma is No. 2.
“I just go in and take what the defense gives me,” Burrow talked about. “I don’t try to force anything. … I just go in thinking, ‘They are going to take a couple of guys away.’ We have to figure out who they are taking away and go with the other guys.”
Hurts do have familiarity with the Tigers, beating LSU twice whereas having fun with at Alabama, nonetheless, he did not put up large numbers in these wins. Hurts will doable lean on star large receiver CeeDee Lamb when it comes to needing large perform in direction of the Tigers.
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Ohio State and Clemson every enter their College Football Playoff semifinal matchup with unblemished 13-0 data. The Buckeyes safety is led by Chase Young, who led the nation with 16.5 sacks this season and is projected to be a chief select throughout the 2020 NFL Draft. Ohio State scored basically essentially the most elements per sport this season, averaging 48.7 elements per bout whereas led by Heisman Trophy finalist Justin Fields. Clemson has the No. 4 scoring offense.
“It’s an honor to play a team like Clemson, that has really set the standard here in the last couple years,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day talked about. “Defending nationwide champs, 28-game profitable streak … the combination of experience and coaching is various the best throughout the nation.
“Our guys know that, have had a terrific week in following and are trying ahead to terrific sports Saturday.”
Clemson’s safety paved the easiest way for his or her undefeated 2019 advertising and marketing marketing campaign, essential the nation by allowing merely 10.6 per sport. The Tigers moreover allowed the fewest yards per sport and passing yards per sport. Ohio State’s safety has been almost equally as stingy as a result of the Buckeyes private the nation’s No. 2 go safety.
The Tigers have under no circumstances misplaced to the Buckeyes, with Clemson beating Ohio State 31-0 of their ultimate meeting, a 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal matchup.
Clemson has acquired its ultimate eight video games by a median of 42.1 elements, whereas Ohio State not too way back had an 11-point win in direction of Penn State.
Both Fields and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence have been stingy throughout the turnover division. Fields threw one interception all season, whereas Lawrence has 20 touchdowns and hasn’t thrown an interception in his ultimate six video games. Fields can be dealing with a knee harm, which has slowed him to comply with. He says the knee is 80 to 85 p.c healthful entering into Saturday’s sport.
Clemson and Ohio State each have spectacular working backs. Ohio State’s J.Okay. Dobbins has rushed for 1,829 yards and 20 scores this season, whereas Travis Etienne has run for 1,500 yards and 17 scores. Etienne leads the nation with 8.24 yards per carrying for Clemson.
“It has been a terrific week,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney stated. “I believe our guys have been in a position to have a superb steadiness of getting some enjoyable and having fun with the expertise, however on the similar time being locked in on what we’ve got to do to have an opportunity on this sport. We are enthusiastic about it.”
Clemson is a two-point favorite to beat Ohio State. The Tigers ship a 28-game profitable streak into the matchup, along with the ultimate season’s nationwide title run. Ohio State’s 19-game profitable streak is the second-longest throughout the nation.
2019 Peach Bowl: College Football Playoff semifinal
Who: No. 1 LSU (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1)
When: 4 p.m. EST Saturday
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
2019 Fiesta Bowl: College Football Playoff semifinal
Who: No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) vs. No. 3 Clemson (13-0)
When: 8 p.m. EST Saturday
Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
2020 College Football Playoff National Championship sport
Who: No. 1 LSU or No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Ohio State or No. 3 Clemson
When: 8 p.m. EST Jan. 13
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans