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Joe Burrow Is Something LSU Has Never Seen Before

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
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Joe Burrow couldn't crack the starting lineup at Ohio State so he sought greener pastures in Baton Rouge. And to say things have worked out for both sides would be a massive understatement. All the senior quarterback has done this year is take the Tigers to a No. 2 ranking and turn the offense into a juggernaut.

Burrow threw for four touchdowns in another lopsided LSU victory in Starkville today against Mississippi State. He is now the single-season passing touchdown leader in school history. The Tigers still have five regular-season contests remaining on their schedule.

The numbers are unreal. Twenty-nine touchdowns to three interceptions. A nearly 80 percent completion percentage. A team that's averaging nearly 50 points per game.

It has been a revelation and perhaps an even more striking revolution than the one that took place at Alabama with the insertion of Tua Tagovailoa. Unleashing a playmaker capable of putting the ball in other playmakers' hand has been an obviously successful experiment.

This year's clash of SEC West titans will have a more Big 12-ish feel to it, with points coming in bunches. There's little to suggest Burrow is going to be slowed greatly by the Tide's defense. It may also be a battle for the Heisman Trophy between the quarterback, though Jalen Hurt will also have something to say bout it.

Burrow is stacking up ungodly numbers and feats. LSU looks like a brand-new team and a terrifying one. What a thing to see.