LSU destroys Oklahoma 63-28 in College Football Playoff

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Anyone on the playoff expansion train struggled watching the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The LSU Tigers wasted little time taking care of business, and Oklahoma didn’t have an answer for the Tigers offense. Even with the Sooners knowing what LSU would do, the Tigers controlled the game and dominated from start to finish.

LSU record-breaking performance

LSU jumped out to a big lead early, and led 49-14 at halftime. Joe Burrow set a College Football Playoff record in the first half, throwing for seven touchdowns (four of them to Justin Jefferson- another record). Burrow had more touchdowns (7) than incompletions (6) in the first half, and passed for 403 yards. Jefferson caught nine of his passes for 186 yards. It was a simple attack, but Oklahoma couldn’t find an answer.

Losing a couple of key players to suspension before the game hurt, and the Sooners looked lost trying to stop LSU. Kenneth Murray went down with an injury for a while, but did return. Nickel back Brendan Radley-Hiles was ejected for targeting in the first half as well on a really dumb decision.

Quick notes

  • Burrow had an incredible night, and a lot of credit deserves to go to his offensive line. Rarely did he have to scramble to make a play.
  • LSU’s offense was just fine without Clyde Edwards-Helaire contributing much.
  • Outside of CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma’s offense was horrendous.

Conclusion

I personally still think playoff expansion should happen, but it’s tough to justify things will be competitive after watching this game. It won’t be simple to decide which teams deserve to get in, but clearly Oklahoma didn’t belong. Oklahoma shouldn’t have been in, but that doesn’t mean the teams behind them don’t deserve a shot. Teams like Oregon, Florida, and Auburn all could have given LSU a better game. It’s another tough loss for the Sooners to stomach, and now questions about their ability to win a championship rise heading into next year.

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