Today is the day — the CFB semi-finals will get under way with the LSU Tigers playing the Oklahoma Sooners in Atlanta before the Ohio State Buckeyes face off against reigning National Champion Clemson Tigers. Here’s everything you need to know
Game 1: #1 LSU Tigers vs #4 Oklahoma Sooners
Time: 4 p.m. EST
Line: LSU -13.5; O/U 76
What to Know: This is Oklahoma’s third straight season in the playoff. The last two years, they’ve come painstakingly close to two upsets. In 2017, Baker Mayfield and company blew a large second half lead to the Georgia Bulldogs, while Kyler Murray’s second half inferno was not enough to overcome a slow first half and abysmal defensive performance against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
LSU is led by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and likely the most dynamic offense in the country. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is likely to play after a nagging injury had cast some doubt in the lead up to this week. The Tigers have four wins over top 10 teams including a 37-10 shellacking of the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game.
Game 2: #2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs #3 Clemson Tigers
Time: 8 p.m. EST
Line: Clemson -2, O/U 62
What to Know: Call me bitter, but this is really the only important thing to remember when these two teams take the field:
Personally, I think LSU beats Oklahoma in a very similar feeling game to Alabama/Oklahoma from last year and Clemson rolls by double digits. I’d probably take Clemson by double digits in the Tiger Bowl as well. Most people have seemingly forgotten what Clemson did to Alabama last year...I have not.