The Clemson football team will take on the LSU Tigers in the National Championship. LSU QB Joe Burrow has shined in big games this season.
The Clemson football program is just one victory away from winning back-to-back National Championships.
The last obstacle remaining in the Tigers way, though, is an offensive juggernaut led by a Heisman winning quarterback.
The LSU Tigers have had the most prolific offense in the nation and much of that has to do with the success of QB Joe Burrow.
Though Clemson football has the experience advantage, there’s no reason to believe that Burrow will back down from the Tigers.
In several big games this season, he has continued to put up big stats. Here’s a look at a few of the top-ranked match-ups that LSU faced earlier this year and how Burrow performed.
(The ranking beside each opponent is where they were ranked when LSU faced them).
- No. 7 Florida: 21-of-24 for 293 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs.
- No. 9 Auburn: 32-of-42 for 321 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.
- No. 3 Alabama: 31-of-39 for 393 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs.
- No. 4 Georgia: 28-of-38 for 349 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs.
- No. 4 Oklahoma: 29-of-39 for 493 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INTs.
Each of those games presented high stakes for LSU- particularly the Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma games- and in each situation, Burrow passed the test.
Now, he’ll be presented with the biggest test of his career.
Though Burrow has shown an ability to handle pressure well, he will now be on the biggest stage of his career playing against the most talented defense that he will have faced all season.
Anybody that watched many of these teams play know that they weren’t really top-10 teams. Though Alabama was talented, let’s not pretend that the Crimson Tide had a stellar defense this year. Oklahoma had a decent offense- not elite, though- but the Sooner defense was putrid all season.
Burrow will be facing a much different monster when he faces Brent Venables and that Clemson football defense. How will he respond? That very well may be the difference in this game.
There’s no reason to believe that Burrow will back down from the challenge, but there’s also no reason to believe that the Clemson defense will either.
It’s strength vs. strength. It’s good on good. All the clichés you can come up, they all apply here. It’s just about time to spot the ball.