A GAME OF FIRSTS
• This will be the first College Football Playoff Semifinal for LSU and
Oklahoma’s first-ever appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, as well
as the Sooners’ first game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
• Whichever team wins today’s game will secure the program’s first-ever
College Football Playoff Semifinal victory, as well as its first National
Championship Game berth in the CFP era.
• In terms of quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts will be the first-ever quarterback
to start for two different teams in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Alabama
in 2016 and Oklahoma in 2019). LSU’s Joe Burrow will be the first-ever
Heisman Trophy winner to play in the Bowl during his Heisman season,
and this will also mark the first time that two Heisman Trophy finalists
played in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
BATTLE-TESTED BOWL PROGRAMS
• Both teams have combined for 104 all-time bowl appearances including
today’s game. Oklahoma now ranks fourth in all-time appearances (53),
while LSU is eighth with 51.
• The Sooners are fourth among all schools in bowl victories with 29 and
the Tigers’ 26 wins ranks ninth among all schools nationally.
• Both programs are also currently third and fourth respectively in
longest-active bowl streaks. This will be Oklahoma’s 21st consecutive
bowl appearance and LSU’s 20th.
• Today will mark Oklahoma’s 38th appearance in a New Year’s Six bowl,
and LSU’s 31st. The Sooners currently post a 22-15 record in New
Year’s Six games, while the Tigers hold a 17-12-1 mark.
• LSU is 3-1 all-time vs. the Big 12 in bowl games and 4-5 in bowl games
against current Big 12 teams. Meanwhile, the Sooners are 6-9-1
against the SEC in bowl games and 7-10-1 against current SEC programs.
• LSU is now tied for second in all-time Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
appearances (seven), and holds the record for most wins all-time in the
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF HISTORY
• Entering today’s game, No. 1 seeds are 3-2 all-time in the College
Football Playoff Semifinals vs. No. 4 seeds. That said, a No. 1 seed has
never gone on to win the College Football Playoff National
Championship, while both No. 4 seeds who advanced have gone on to
win the National Championship (2015- Ohio State, 2018- Alabama).
• While today marks LSU’s first appearance in the College Football
Playoffs, it will be Oklahoma’s third-consecutive Semifinal and fourth in
the last five years. The Sooners are 0-3 all-time in the Semifinals, 0-2
as the No. 4 seed and 0-2 vs. the SEC.
• In Norman, Hurts has accounted for 51 total touchdowns this season
(18 rushing, 32 passing, 1 receiving), which is the third-most total
touchdowns in a season by a Sooner.
• He leads the nation in yards per pass attempt (11.8; the FBS record is
11.6), yards per completion (16.4), points responsible for per game
(23.7; tied) and touchdowns accounted for (51; tied), while ranking
third in total offense (376.1 ypg) and passing efficiency rating (200.3;
the single-season FBS record is 199.4).
• He also ranks fourth nationally in completion percentage (71.8; the OU
record is 70.9 by Baker Mayfield in 2016), seventh in rushing touchdowns
(18; second among QBs) and 10th in passing touchdowns (32).
• Meanwhile, in just two seasons in Baton Rouge, Joe Burrow has led
the Tigers to a 23-3 record with nine wins over top-10 opponents, the
most of any quarterback in school history. He’s set school records for
passing yards (4,715), passing touchdowns (48), passing yards per
game (362.7), completions (342), total offense (5,004) and total offense
per game (384.9).
• The 2019 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Burrow is the first player
in league history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the
same season, and owns the SEC record for passing yards (4,715) and
touchdowns in a season (48).
• Burrow is also first or second in the nation in passing yards (4,715,
second), passing touchdowns (48, first), passing yards per game (362.7,
second), passing efficiency (201.5, second), total offense (384.9,
second) and points responsible for (308, T-first). His 77.9 percent
completion percentage in 2019 is on pace to break the NCAA record set
by Colt McCoy (76.7) of Texas set in 2008.
• The Sooners pace the nation in yards per play (8.2) and yards per pass
attempt (11.4), rank second in total offense (554.2 yards per game),
fourth in passing efficiency (195.9 rating), fourth in yards per rush
(6.1), as well as fifth in scoring offense (43.2 points per game) and third-
down conversion percentage (50.7).
• LSU is the first team in the history of the SEC to produce a 4,000-yard
passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same
• The Tigers lead the nation in total offense (554.4 yards per game), are
third in team passing efficiency (196.04), third in scoring offense (47.8
points per game), second in passing offense (386.8 yards per game),
second in first downs (358), first in completion percentage (76.3) and
second in red zone offense (96.9).
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