With Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (hip) sidelined for the rest of the season and having to undergo extensive rehabbing, LSU’s sensational signal-caller is garnering plenty of buzz about hearing his name called first in the 2020 NFL Draft.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has surpassed Tagovailoa as SportsBetting.ag’s favorite to be the top selection in April. Burrow now has -200 odds, followed by Ohio State defensive end Chase Young (+150) and Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas (+350).
Tagovailoa was the favorite all season for the No. 1 pick prior to his season-ending injury on Saturday vs. Mississippi State. The unfortunate situation for Tagovailoa—coupled with Burrow solidifying himself as a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender— has swung the pendulum.
Burrow has tossed 3,687 yards and 38 touchdowns with a 202.7 passer this season, guiding LSU to four AP top 10 victories (No. 9 Texas, No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Auburn, No. 2 Alabama).
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Burrow passed for a career-high 489 yards along with five touchdowns in 10-0 LSU’s 58-37 victory at Ole Miss. Burrow’s competitive fire about his two interceptions is what LSU coach Ed Orgeron believes makes him a special prospect.
“I haven’t talked to anybody personally. I guess Derek informs me of the scoop out there, so he’s my scoop guy. I’m hearing the same thing y’all are hearing. He’s going to be a high draft pick, and I hope he is,” Orgeron said. “Obviously he’s mad that he threw two interceptions, so he won’t want to talk about that, he’s that much of a competitor. I do believe he is going to be a high draft pick if things go right. I think he’s going to have a great career in the NFL. Whoever gets him is going to get a tremendous quarterback.”
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In order for LSU to capture its first national title since 2007 and Burrow to subsequently be selected first in the draft, he’ll have to avoid the same fate as Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa suffered his injury after Alabama built up a large lead. LSU hosts Arkansas and Texas A&M to close out the regular season. If LSU’s heavily ahead in each game, they would be wise to sit Burrow for precautionary purposes.
“I think he should have pulled off. I’m sure Coach Luke is not pleased with the guy. I watched it again this morning,” Orgeron said. “Senseless to do that. Maybe there should be a stiffer penalty…”
LSU can secure the SEC West title with a victory vs. Arkansas. While that would be a rewarding first step in the process to become national champions, LSU will stick to the mantra that’s helped them remain undefeated.
“Obviously it’s something when you come to LSU that you want to do. Our players want to do it. We don’t talk about it, we really don’t,” Orgeron said. “The next game up. We said we’re going to look at where we’re at at the end of the season. We want to win every game, that’s one of the things we did want to do. Arkansas is our next game. This is game number 11. Our goal is to beat Arkansas.”