How Oklahoma Will Beat LSU, According To ESPN

How Oklahoma Will Beat LSU, According To ESPN

How Oklahoma Will Beat LSU, According To ESPN

How will Oklahoma beat LSU? According to ESPN, it will be something of a complicated process.

Heading into the College Football Playoff, many view LSU’s showdown versus Oklahoma as the biggest mismatch of the postseason.

Whereas a case can be made for Clemson and Ohio State being equally strong, the same cannot be said for LSU and Oklahoma.

The Tigers have arguably been the best team in college football this year.

Oklahoma meanwhile got in thanks to two Baylor choke jobs, Auburn upsetting an injury-riddled Alabama squad, and LSU beating Alabama and Georgia.

As it stands, Vegas currently has LSU as a 13-point favorite heading into the big game.

So is all hope lost for the Sooners?

Not necessarily.

According ESPN college football insider Kirk Herbstreit, there is a path to victory for Oklahoma. And it involves Jalen Hurts playing at a superhuman level.

“He has to take care of the football,” Herbstreit said.

“LSU is an offense that has not been slowed down by anybody. You have to think, with three weeks to get ready, Joe Brady and Joe Burrow will come up with a plan.

“It’s up to Jalen Hurts to match LSU’s offense. He’s done a great job of running the football.

“He’s capable of making throws. They have to win 1-on-1 matchups against a very-talented LSU secondary.”

Herbstreit did not stop there, though.

“I would say the biggest thing is possess the ball keep the sticks moving and keep Burrow on the sideline.

“They have had an issue turning the football over, Jalen himself, late in the year.

“If they want to have any chance of winning this game, pulling off a major upset, he’s going to have to have one of those games that we talk about and say, ‘wow Jalen is on fire.’”

Will Oklahoma ultimately be able to pull off the upset? We’ll get our answer in two weeks.

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Michael Kyaw

Michael Kyaw, initially a PR Manager, built up a valuable network of connections in the sports world that he then utilized to become an influential sports business reporter. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, Fansided, ESPN and the Wall Street Journal.

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