Three Sooners Suspended For Oklahoma’s CFP Semifinal Game Against LSU
Three Players Suspended But It´s Unclear Why
When the Oklahoma Sooners take the field on Dec. 28 for a College Football Playoff semifinal game against the LSU Tigers, they’ll be without three players who’ve just been suspended for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Running back Rhamondre Stevenson, receiver Trejan Bridges, and starting defensive end Ronnie Perkins are the three players set to miss the semifinal game, and it’s currently unclear whether or not their suspensions would carry over to the CFP national championship if Oklahoma upsets LSU.
Also unclear is what the suspensions are for.
When asked about the report of the suspensions, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said, “I’m aware of the report that is out there. Unfortunately, at this time, I cannot comment on it.”
Important Players On The Field
While Bridges has only caught seven balls for 82 yards and a pair of TDs this season, the other two players have served important roles for the Sooners this year.
Stevenson has rushed for 515 yards and six touchdowns while averaging eight yards per carry and is Oklahoma’s third-leading rusher behind quarterback Jalen Hurts (1,255 yards) and running back Kennedy Brooks (976 yards).
Perkins has been a vital part of the Oklahoma defense, racking up 38 total tackles and a team-leading six sacks.
No. 4 Oklahoma versus No. 1 LSU
These three suspensions won’t help the No. 4 Sooners in their endeavor to upset the top-ranked team in the country.
No. 1 LSU has shown very few weaknesses over its undefeated run of 13 games. After defeating Texas, Florida, Auburn, and Alabama in the regular season, the Tigers blew out Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
As a team, LSU has been nothing short of special. On average, the Tigers have scored 47.8 points per game on 554 yards of offense and have allowed 21.2 points per game on 341 yards.
Burrow, This Year´s Heisman Trophy Winner
On an individual note, LSU is led by this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Joe Burrow.
This season, Burrow has thrown for 4,715 yards with 48 touchdowns and only six interceptions while completing 77.9 percent of his passes. While racking up those ridiculous statistics, Burrow threw for more than 300 yards in 11 of his 13 games this year.
Also some Good News For The Sooners
All of the above is what’s waiting for Oklahoma in the CFP semifinal in Atlanta. But while the fresh reports of these three suspensions are certainly bad news, there’s also some good news for the Sooners.
Brooks suffered an upper-body injury against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game, but he’ll be available for the Peach Bowl.
On the season, 12-1 Oklahoma fell to only Kansas State in a 48-41 contest in the middle of the year. On average, the Sooners scored 43.2 points per game on 554 yards of offense and allowed 24.5 points per game on 330 yards.
So, just how much will the Tigers be favored by when these teams meet on Dec. 28?
Tigers A Lock For The National Title Game?
The loss of a starting defensive end and the team’s third-leading rusher will certainly hurt Oklahoma’s chances, but did the Sooners have a chance to begin with?
While the matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson appears to be neck and neck, the 1 versus 4 contest seems to be one-sided at this stage.
In the other College Football Playoff semifinal game, the Clemson Tigers are currently favored by only two points. When it comes to LSU versus Oklahoma, the Tigers from the bayou are favored by 14 points.
A Longshot To Win The Playoff Championship Game
And of the four teams remaining in the CFP, the Sooners are a longshot to win it all compared to the other three teams.
LSU leads the way with odds of +115, and both Clemson and Ohio State are tied with odds of +215 to win the College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma is sitting on odds of +1000 to win it all.
The Sooners were already facing an uphill battle against LSU, and now they’ll have to overcome three suspensions if they’re going to pull off a huge upset.