Joe Burrow is officially on Heisman Watch after leading LSU to another big win

Written by on 09/14/2019

[Baton Rouge, La] There is no doubt in my mind how much the LSU football fans love their quarterback. Tigers QB Joe Burrow was announced as the starter over the PA system prior to Saturday’s game against Northwestern State. 

“Your Starting Quarterback. A Senior from Athens, Ohio. Joe. Burrow!” 

Once this happened the stadium shook, literally shook. Okay, maybe I’m over exaggerating, but it was still insane how loud it got. Finally, a quarterback LSU can trust to throw the football. Burrow continues to gain the trust from LSU football fans and the trust only increases game by game. And it was no different in Saturday’s contest with the Demons. 

No. 4 ranked LSU took care of business on Saturday night, despite the ugly first half. The Tigers knocked off the Northwestern State Demons, 65 to 14With this win, the Tigers remain unbeaten on the season (3-0) and it’s also the programs 800th win.

Give credit to Northwestern State. They made LSU work for this. At the half, LSU lead just 24-14. The defense ultimately went on to shut out the Demons in the second half. 

Despite Northwestern State jumping out to an early lead, the Tigers offense didn’t blink an eye. They put the first quarter behind them and it didn’t seem to bother Burrow one bit that his team was down, 7-3. Burrow went on to do what he always does, he strapped on his helmet and went to work. Following the Demons first quarter touchdown drive, Burrow led the Tigers down the field to retake the lead. On that drive alone, Burrow went 4/5 (one dropped pass) for 57 yards. What stood out to me the most? His composure. 

The senior QB continued his efficient play on Saturday night. Burrow went 21/24 for 373 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed 30 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown. That’s a three touchdown night for Joe Burrow. The man everyone seems to love in Baton Rouge. 

 

It’s time to take this conversation to the next step. I mean Burrow took his game to the next step, so let’s do the same. Burrow should absolutely be the favorite to win the Heisman this season. 

Is it early to start crowning a Heisman trophy winner? Sure. But if Burrow continues to play like this all season long and if the Tigers can knock off the likes of: Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Alabama. Then you’ll remember this article when he is crowned the winner come December 14 in New York City. 

The current odds to win the Heisman, according to Bovada.

Trevor Lawrence  +300
Tua Tagovailoa +400
Jalen Hurts +600
Joe Burrow +750
Jonathan Taylor +1200
Justin Fields +1300

And I get it. Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts has been nothing short of perfect. But by the time this is all set and done, you have to look at it from this standpoint. Hurts and the Sooners only play one nationally ranked team during the regular season. They play Texas on October 12 in Austin. Burrow has already been there and done that. 

I have said this from day one, I think this Heisman battle comes down to Hurts and Burrow. Nothing against Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, but in the end I think it comes down to these two players. Burrow is going to do everything in his power to make sure Oklahoma doesn’t have back-to-back-to-back Heisman trophy winners. (Baker Mayfield 2017, Kyler Murray 2018)

If it wasn’t for the hiring of a certain former New Orleans Saints assistant coach, I don’t know if Burrow is in this position to be in the consideration for Heisman. Burrow has to thank the Tigers new passing game coordinator Joe Brady. Without him, this Tigers offense would be the same old boring run-first type of offense. With Brady, it allows Burrow to get out of the booster seat and move up to the driver’s seat. He has taken advantage of that opportunity so far. 

The Tigers schedule does not get easy, duh Corey they play in the SEC. LSU still has to take on four nationally ranked teams. Auburn, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama. Through just three weeks, Burrow is 75/90 for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns. Burrow also has one rushing touchdown. 

If Burrow can continue this kind of play when LSU enters the gauntlet part of their SEC schedule, there is no way you won’t see his name popped up everywhere when the question, “Who will win the Heisman?” is asked.

The bigger question, can LSU and Burrow keep this up? Guess we will all find out. The Tigers next big game is on October 12 against Florida, the Tigers homecoming game. 

This storyline will be continued throughout the season on The Crusade Channel with Sports Talk With Corey Clark. The show airs weekdays from 3pm to 4pm ET. Sign up for 30-days FREE at CrusadeChannel.com.


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