LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates their 37-10 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs after the 2019 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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LSU set to face another team with a talented transfer at QB in Oklahoma

Amos Morale III
December 08, 2019 - 7:18 pm

Fresh off winning an SEC Championship in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the No. 1 Tigers will head right back to Atlanta to face their next opponent, the No.  4 Oklahoma Sooners in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the Tigers are looking forward to playing in that arena as his team “loved it.”

“We're fortunate that we're able to play a great team like Oklahoma, fortunate we can go back to Atlanta because we feel it's close and we'll have a lot of fans there,” he said Sunday. “It worked out in our favor. That's the way the ball bounced.”  

LSU is set to face a team that Orgeron, while he hasn’t watched much of this year, is quite familiar with. The Sooners have former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who’s played the Tigers three times before, under center and Orgeron said he’s followed Oklahoma’s offense under coach Lincoln Riley.

“He's an outstanding player, and he actually beat us with his feet. He made big plays with his feet, and he threw the ball very well,” Orgeron said. “I haven't watched him at all this year, but I have watched Coach Riley's offense, especially that counter read. I've asked him about it. I think they're one of the best in the country in running what they do on offense. They're very difficult to stop.”

Orgeron said he met Riley at last year’s NFL Draft and asked him about his offense which prompted the Sooners' head coach to joke: 

“I’m going to have to remember what I told him about the counter play so we don't do that on the 28th” 

Both teams come into this matchup as conference champions and both are one of the three College Football Playoff teams to be quarterbacked by a transfer as LSU’s Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Burrow came to Baton Rouge from Ohio State.

“We're fortunate that the transfer rule's in place,” Orgeron said. “Joe's one of the most important recruits we've had at LSU. With the spread offense, we couldn't have had success without him. I do believe you have to have a great quarterback, obviously. Most of the teams we're playing right now have great quarterbacks. “

Aside from those similarities both coaches share a similar challenge the next few weeks as they look to balance preparing for the Dec. 28. matchup with securing commitments for their 2020 recruiting classes ahead of the early signing day. Both coaches however are glad to be in this position.

“It's a good problem to have,” Riley said. “But yeah, a week of it is challenging. But hey, we're going to go make the most of it so we'll recruit while we're on land, and we'll study and prepare when we're in the air.”

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