Game day greetings, Sooner Nation! After a frustrating three-week layoff, the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1, Big 12 Champions) face the No. 1 LSU Tigers (13-0, SEC Champions) in the 2019 Peach Bowl this afternoon in Atlanta.
OU will take the field for the their third-straight College Football Semifinal appearance, this time against Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and the high-scoring Tigers. While most of the country has written off (or barely even acknowledged) Oklahoma in the lead-up to this game, Lincoln Riley and company are ready to prove the haters wrong as a heavy underdog on Semifinal Saturday.
Head on down to the comments section for the game thread, where we’ll be asking questions, making predictions and discussing the day’s action with y’all.
TV: ESPN 3:00 P.M. CT
Live Stream: WatchESPN
TV Commentary: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, Laura Rutledge
ICYMI, here’s the Peach Bowl edition of Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast: Peach Bowl preview, a look at LSU, recruiting update.
Truth be told, friends and fam, the lead-up to this game through the last few weeks has put me in a dark place. What began as bridled motivation to silence the David Pollacks and ESPNs of this compromised world quickly morphed into a jaded, resigned-to-defeat feeling of dread entering yet another daunting postseason matchup being the weathered OU alumnus I am today.
The suspensions to Ronnie Perkins, Rhamondre Stevenson and Trejan Bridges truly gutted me. Then, the injury to DTY (Delarrin Turner-Yell) added to the hurt and drove home the point that we — the post-2001 Orange Bowl Oklahoma Sooners — appear to still be living out an inexplicable, infuriating, deflating curse that proposes no meaningful bowl game shall ever be won for (insert duration of time here) until (unknown event happens).
All that has transpired after conference play since natty No. 7 is a baffling mystery that even the most astute Sooner diehard can’t explain (including the Trevor Knight Bama Night). On a balanced metaphysical battlefield, Oklahoma wins this evenly matched ball game and emerges victoriously with head held high — especially given the added motivation spawning from all the doubts and disrespect from national media through the last few weeks. My heart says the Sooners answer all the critics and bring home one of the biggest wins in Oklahoma football history.
Unfortunately, the football gods have decided otherwise for far too long to be listening to my heart any longer. I wish to be wrong no more than I do with this prediction. I want to win this game as a fan more than Georgia two years ago and even Bama last season. To want and to wish is the most human thing we do — next to eating, sleeping and pooping, of course.
But we’re grown-ups here at C&CM (yes, laugh all you want). A football game is a football game. A loss is a loss. A curse is a curse. Poop is poop. Life goes on. See y’all next season.
Score Prediction: LSU 41, OU 24
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