Around this time last season, Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers were preparing to play the Knights of Central Florida who came into the Fiesta Bowl undefeated and self-proclaimed National Champions. Burrow threw four touchdowns while finishing 21-34 for 394 yards. 

The only thing bad about that game was he threw one interception.

Fast forward to the present, Burrow leads an explosive Tiger offense ranking number one in total offense and completion percentage. He is the Heisman trophy winner and has other awards for his performance (Maxwell and O’Brien). 

So far, Burrow has thrown for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. His notable performances has come in big wins against Texas, Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

Most recently, his performance against Georgia in the SEC Championship is what has put LSU in the position to contend for a national championship. Saturday, they have a chance to come back to Mercedes-Benz to get one game closer to a national title. For Burrow, he knows that his success is due in large part to his team.

“I think we have a bond that can’t be broken,” said Burrow. “You’re going to have to kill us to beat us.”

As a kid from Athens, Ohio, he has certainly beat the odds to be in the position he is in. As a backup quarterback at Ohio State behind J.T. Barrett, he was patient but did what was best for him in his career by transferring to LSU. That decision was one of the best decisions he ever made but coming into this season, many did not believe in him and the Tigers offense.

“In the preseason, I said 40, 50, [or] 60 points a game and people didn’t believe me,” Burrow said. “For my journey, I would not trade it for anything in the world.

The 2019 Heisman winner has had a positive impact on the state of Louisiana and LSU. The main guy that appreciates him the most is his head coach, Ed Orgeron.

“He’s first class, I am so proud for him,” Orgeron said. “He has a great heart and great grit, that is what makes him the best player in America.”

Burrow has the opportunity that comes in very rare fashion. If he is able to lead the Tigers to a win Saturday, he will have the opportunity to come back to Louisiana to play for a national title at the Superdome in front of an expected large LSU crowd.

He has not had the opportunity to comment on that possibility but I could take a guess that he would not want it any other way.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) runs as Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) chases him in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa , Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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