It's almost too close to call

The two best defenses in the country will play on Superdome turf Sunday night, so don't expect any big numbers on the scoreboard, except maybe "3rd and 13." The Tigers have momentum and somewhat of a home crowd. The Sooners not only are playing for their second national championship in four seasons, they have the burning itch to prove themselves after their Big 12 Championship flop. Coach Bob Stoops said all week -- all month, really -- that the Sooners have put the loss to Kansas State behind them. What happens when the ebb and flow of the game flows toward LSU?

The biggest difference between the two teams exists at kicker. Trey DiCarlo has made one kick after another for Oklahoma this season. He'll make one more than LSU on Sunday night.

Oklahoma 20, LSU 17.

Ivan Maisel is a senior writer at ESPN.com. He can be reached at ivan.maisel@espn3.com.