Number 9 Dream

LSU finds its QB, goes straight to No. 1
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has become the favorite for the Heisman Trophy while positioning the No. 1 Tigers at a run for the National Championship. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


DBU. WRU. LSU has answered to both of these monikers in recent years, and has even made a case for producing some of the nation’s best collegiate running backs. But with talent at the skilled positions, for years, the Tiger faithful have questioned where they would have been with a talented quarterback.

Wonder no more.

They’d be atop the college football rankings.

No. 1 LSU finally found their field general. Although he entered the season behind several renowned QBs, including Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow has earned his stripes this season, and is arguably the best quarterback in the country.

In eight games, the senior has completed 78.8 percent of his passes for 2,805 yards – a 350 yard average per game and 10.8 yard average per catch – 30 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

At times, he’s made playing one of the toughest positions in all of sports look easy. He’s seemingly been as comfortable in the pocket as he is when he needs to tuck it and run. And he tough. So much so that head coach Ed Orgeron joked on his weekly radio show on Wednesday night that he believes his quarterback’s play improves after he’s taken a hit or two from opposing defenses.

As the season has progressed, so has his stock. Starting with Week 1 of the season, he has been rewriting LSU Football’s record book. As his numbers have grown exponentially, so have the accolades thrown his way. He’s one of 10 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award; after starting with 200-1 odds, is Las Vegas sports books’ odds on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s top college football player; and many experts believe he’s positioning himself to be the top overall pick in the NFL’s 2020 Draft.

With four games left in the regular season, after this week’s bye, the stage is set for Burrow to claim the crown as college football’s king.

The Tigers return to action next week, on Nov. 9, against No. 2 Alabama, in what may be the best game of the 2019 season. If Burrow is successful in Tuscaloosa, he will be well on his way to having a dream season.

After the Tigers face the Crimson Tide, they go on the road to play Ole Miss, currently 3-5, then close out the season at home against the 2-6 Arkansas Razorbacks and 5-3 Texas A&M Aggies. While no SEC opponents should be overlooked, on paper, the Tigers should have no problem closing out their regular season with three wins against opponents whom LSU has the opportunity to put up big, big numbers.

Much has been made of Orgeron’s off-season hiring of passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Joe Brady, who brought some of the magic he had working with the New Orleans Saints offense northwest to Baton Rouge.

Next Saturday’s matchup between LSU and Alabama is already being dubbed the “Game of the Century.” There’s no doubt that fans around the country will be tuned in to CBS’ nationally televised game to see who takes the inside track to this year’s College Football Playoff Championship.

If LSU can impress in their remaining four games, they may well be on their way to picking up their fourth national championship and their second Heisman Trophy.


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