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How LSU and Oklahoma built playoff teams through recruiting

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Can the Sooners' defense slow down the Tigers? (1:17)

The SEC Now crew debates if No. 4 Oklahoma will be able to slow down Joe Burrow and No. 1 LSU. (1:17)

No. 1 LSU faces No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday in a College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (4 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App). Here's a look at how both teams used recruiting to build their programs.

LSU Tigers

Cumulative class ranking: LSU signed the sixth-most talent in the country over the past five classes. In the ultra-competitive SEC recruiting landscape, that haul ranks below West Division foe Alabama and current East pacesetter Georgia, but ahead of the conference's other top-10 recruiting programs, Auburn and Florida. In this year's playoff, the Tigers have by far the most in-state-fueled roster, with 53% of their signees coming from Louisiana. Additionally, Ed Orgeron & Co. did not receive recruiting points for their most important player, Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow (No. 298 in 2015 ESPN 300), who transferred from Ohio State.