Kirk Herbstreit describes what Oklahoma must have happen to beat LSU
LSU enters Saturday’s Peach Bowl a 13.5-point favorite against Oklahoma according to Caesars Las Vegas, but ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit sees a way that the Sooners can leave Atlanta with a spot in the national championship game.
“Jalen Hurts has to take the game over,” Herbstreit said in a Saturday appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “He has to have one of those moments in his storybook career where people say, ‘Here’s the next chapter. here we go.’ Not just running, but if I’’m LSU and I’m watching him on film, you see him run like a fullback. If I’m Dave Aranda and the LSU defense, my plan is going to be let’s slow up this running quarterback.
“Lincoln Riley knows that going in. CeeDee Lamb has to have a big game. He’s going to get 1-on-1 opportunities because LSU is going to have those safeties up. That’s the opportunity Lamb 1-on-1 against (Derek) Stingley and (Kristian) Fulton, can Lincoln Riley find creative ways to get him the football?”
Throughout the week, LSU players and coaches have brought up the issues the Tigers had containing Ole Miss QB John Rhys Plumlee running the ball. LSU is hoping to contain Hurts like it did Texas A&M dual-threat QB Kellen Mond in the regular-season finale.
“If OU ends up winning the game or being super-competitive, it’s going to be Jalen Hurts’ ability to make big plays running the ball and in the passing game,” Herbstreit said.
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