Two years ago, Joe Burrow was in a QB battle with Dwayne Haskins for the starting spot at Ohio State. After losing that battle to Haskins, Burrow quickly transferred to LSU which many people, including myself, thought was the wrong choice. Burrow was not wrong. Everybody else was.
Burrow was named the starter at LSU in his first season there and had a respectable season throwing for 2,894 yards and 16 TDs. Nothing spectacular, but he did lead them to a 10-3 record and the Tigers finished 6th in the final AP Poll rankings. The expectations were definitely higher for his senior season, but not a single soul in the College Football world saw what was coming.
Joe Burrow delivered the best single season for a CFB QB in the history of the sport and it isn’t close.
Heading into the 2019 season the LSU Tigers were ranked in the top 10, but they were never really a threat to Alabama’s SEC dominance. They were never really mentioned in the CFB Playoff conversation, and most people thought we would just have another Alabama-Clemson showdown. Joe Burrow made sure that this was not the case.
Burrow caught everyone’s eye with his performance in Week 2 against Texas. He threw for 471 yards and 4 TDs en route to a big road win over the Longhorns. I called it his ‘National Coming Out Party’ because now the whole world knew who he was.
That wasn’t enough though. He continued to dominate in every single game. He became the first LSU QB to ever throw for 300 yards in four straight games. He set almost every single SEC passing record while breaking some of the FBS single season records as well. Let’s take a look at his final stat line and then see what records he broke or came close to breaking.
402/527 (76.3%), 5,671 Yards, 10.8 YPA, 60 TDs, 6 Ints, 202.0 Passer Rating
Most Passing TDs in FBS History-60
Highest Passer Rating in FBS History-202.0
Most TDs Responsible for in FBS History-65
Third Most Yards in FBS History-5,671
Second Highest Completion Percentage in FBS History-76.3
He was absolutely fucking ridiculous all season long! Every time it seemed like the Tigers might slip, Burrow made sure it didn’t happen.
He then ended this spectacular season with a clinic against what most people thought was the best defense in the country. He was ridiculous in the National Championship game setting the record for most yards accounted for and the most total TDs in a national championship game.
All the stats aside, 15-0 is what makes this the greatest single season ever for a CFB QB. Nobody else has put up these kind of numbers and went undefeated with a National Championship. That is what makes it so special. Just look at this ridiculous fucking statline.
60/88 Passing, 956 Yards, 12 TDs, 0 Ints
This isn’t just from any random 3 or 4 game stretch. This was a 2 game stretch in the College Football Playoff. Fucking insane. That is all there is to say about it.
We may never see a season like this again, so let’s appreciate what Joe Burrow has given us over the last 6 months.