Update: The 52nd edition of the Peach Bowl ended with the 2019 SEC Champions LSU Tigers advancing to the National Championship after defeating Oklahoma Sooners 63-28. LSU later went to claim the National Championship title on January 13th, 2020.
The 2019 Peach Bowl is set to kick off at 4 pm ET on Saturday, Dec. 28, and is the first semifinal game in the College Football Playoff. Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will once again be the host site, which should give one of the teams a distinct advantage.
The LSU Tigers out of the Southeastern Conference will take on the Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12 in a matchup of the Nos. 1 and 4 teams in the country. It’s time to start thinking about some Peach Bowl betting picks in advance of this game.
The Peach Bowl betting spread has the LSU Tigers as massive 13-point favorites over Oklahoma in this game.
Peach Bowl Picks
Let’s take a quick look at how each team stacks up before delivering our 2019 Peach Bowl betting pick.
This is the third straight year that Oklahoma has had a new quarterback, and this time it is Jalen Hurts’ turn to lead the Sooners. Hurts is a dual-threat under center, having accounted for more than 4,900 yards of offense this season.
Oklahoma averaged 43 points per game this season, and it is going to try to win the Peach Bowl with its offense. Defense has been a problem for the Sooners in recent seasons, and that could spell trouble against the high-powered LSU offense.
Oklahoma has given up more than 24 points per game, which does not make it one of the more dominant defenses in college football.
Joe Burrow came to LSU as a relatively unknown college quarterback and has turned into the likely winner of the Heisman Trophy this season. Burrow has thrown for over 4,700 yards and 48 touchdowns, and the Tigers are putting up over 47 points per game.
The Tigers have also run for more than 167 yards per game, and this offense is extremely explosive.
LSU has given up over 21 points per game in 2019, but its defense is full of future NFL talent. Derek Stingley Jr. and Grant Delpit are two of the best secondary players in college football. There aren’t many holes on this LSU roster.
Peach Bowl Betting Prediction and Pick: Hurts knows how to beat LSU, and the Oklahoma offense is legit. The problem is that LSU can also score, and Oklahoma doesn’t have the greatest defense. LSU is going to win, but take the Oklahoma Sooners +13.0 in the 2019 Peach Bowl.
History and Facts
Chick-Fil-A has been the title sponsor of the Peach Bowl since 1997 in a game that this year is one of the semifinal games in the College Football Playoff. The Peach Bowl was first played in 1968, and it has had conference affiliations with the SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since that first year.
The Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country, and the record attendance was just over 75,000 in 2006.
Clemson has made eight appearances in the Peach Bowl, which is the most among college football teams. The LSU Tigers have gone 5-1 in their first six Peach Bowl appearances, which should bode well for them this season.
The SEC and ACC are both tied with 36 total appearances in this game, and the SEC has gone 19-16-1 in these games. Longtime NFL quarterback Jim Kelly was named offensive MVP of this game back in 1981.
Florida defeated Michigan by a score of 41-15 in the 2018 Peach Bowl.