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December 28, 2019

One Big Thing:

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Photo: LSU Athletics

In a matchup of the top two teams in the nation in total offense, No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) will attempt to pull off the biggest upset in the playoff era, when it faces No. 1 LSU (13-0) in Saturday’s Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Louisiana State and Oklahoma are among the nation’s best teams, but they have struggled to win or even reach championship games in recent years.

It has been 11 years since Oklahoma last played for a national championship. It has been 19 years since the Sooners stood atop the sport.

Joe Burrow will become the 5th QB in FBS history to top 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in the same season. Burrow enters the Peach Bowl against Oklahoma with 4,715 yards and 48 TDs. He has thrown at least 3 TD passes 11 times in 13 games this season. He has topped 286 yards 12 times this season.

“How can you not respect what Joe’s done?” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “He’s had a fabulous year. He’s going to be the best quarterback we’ve faced.”

Hurts, the Heisman runner-up, has dazzled with both his right arm and his legs. He’s completed just under 72% of his throws for 3,634 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions and leads his team in rushing with 1,255 yards and 18 TDs.

“He’s the key to the game,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said.

(My Pick LSU 38 – OU 24)

On This Day:

1918 Montreal’s Georges Vezina becomes the first NHL goalie to record an assist during the Canadiens’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Arenas

1947 National Football League Championship, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Chicago Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21; Cardinals’ only title victory

1952 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-7

1958 “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)

1974 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6

1975 “The Hail Mary”, with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the “Hail Mary” play is born

1990 Blockbuster Bowl 1: Florida State beats Penn State, 24-17

1991 Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25

2008 Detroit Lions crash to a 31-21 loss to Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field; first team in NFL history to go winless in a 16-game season

What’s New:

The NFL has unveiled the 10 quarterbacks named to the league’s all-time team. And two of the all-time greats have been left out. Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees didn’t earn a spot on the roster.

New York Giants legend Eli Manning is likely to retire at the end of the 2019 season following a 16-season career that included two Super Bowl wins.

With only one week left in the regular season, five teams have to find a way to come up with a win in Week 17 to secure their positions in the NFL postseason.

Slovenian Luka Doncic is just 20 years old and already an international basketball star. Doncic is currently in his second NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic’s agreement with Nike is a five-year, seven-figure deal to endorse the company’s Air Jordan line.

The New Orleans Pelicans lost their 13th straight game on Tuesday, a narrow overtime defeat at home to the Brooklyn Nets. The Pelicans are now 6-22 overall, tied for the second worst record in the whole league.

The New York Knicks want a big name player on their roster. Targets are Karl-Anthony Towns, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, and Jrue Holiday.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the Jordan Clarkson trade was to open up minutes for rookie Kevin Porter Jr., who is one of Cleveland’s building blocks for the future.

7-foot center James Wiseman, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has reportedly moved forward with his plan to leave Memphis and prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft by signing with the agency Excel Sports.

Over the past year, both Vox Media (with DraftKings) and Bleacher Report (with Caesars Palace) signed long-term deals to create wide varieties of content designed to build interest in sports betting.

PGA Tour is close to a long-term TV rights deal with NBC and CBS that is said to be a 60% value increase from previous deals.

UFC fans will ring in the new year by being forced to pay a few bucks more to watch the MMA promoter’s premier pay-per-view events on ESPN Plus.

The Average Ticket Price To Go To A Game In L.A.

  1. Chargers: $166
  2. Lakers: $140
  3. Rams: $118
  4. Clippers: $88
  5. Kings: $84
  6. Ducks: $61
  7. LAFC: $50
  8. Dodgers: $43
  9. Galaxy: $34
  10. Angels: $31

(From Front Office Sports)

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