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Joe Burrow on LSU-Alabama Matchup: ‘It doesn’t get much bigger than this’

Joe Burrow didn’t play his best on Saturday but stingy defense enabled No. 4 LSU (7-1) to cruise to a 19-3 victory vs. Mississippi State on homecoming.

However, the LSU quarterback knows he’ll need to bring his A-game when undefeated No. 1 Alabama (8-0) comes to town on Nov. 3 (7 p.m. CST, CBS).

LSU has a bye week before welcoming the Crimson Tide to Death Valley.

On Saturday, Burrow went 16-for-28 for 129 yards and an interception. Burrow called the first half the worst of his life.

“I let my team down and I have great teammates and they picked me up and we have a great defense and they picked us up, and you can’t play like that against a team like Alabama,” Burrow said according to Saturday Down South.

Burrow will use the bye week to sharpen up and prepare for a game with major SEC and College Football Playoff implications.

Alabama has defeated LSU seven straight times heading in this year’s edition of the rivalry. The last time LSU beat Alabama was 9-6 overtime road victory in 2011.

The bye week is much appreciated as the Tigers aim to snap the skid and knock off the defending national champions.

“It doesn’t get much bigger than this one,” Burrow said according to Saturday Down South. “We’re going to go into the bye week, obviously this is a good win for us, but obviously I need a breath, our team needs a breath. We’re going to start preparing early, but it’s going to be nice to take a break, too.”

The grad transfer is making his first appearance vs. Alabama but is well aware of the challenge and believes LSU has a chance to make a primetime statement.

“I’m going to learn. I don’t know a lot about it, but I know Alabama is one of the best teams in the country, if not the best team,” Burrow said according to Saturday Down South. “We’re pretty good ourselves. We’re going to watch the film, see how this game looked. Obviously, things didn’t look great, but we’re going to get some things corrected and look forward.”

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