Joe Burrow is currently looking to bounce back from his gruesome injury and help make the Cincinnati Bengals a winning team again. However, before his NFL days, he was on one of the most dominant college football teams of all-time, the 2019 LSU Tigers. While many people celebrated that team, some are now questioning its dominance to a degree, as people have become prisoners of the moment and now think that the 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide were maybe more dominant.
Burrow even recently received the question about 2019 LSU vs. 2020 Alabama, and he wasn’t having any of it.
Joe Burrow and the 2019 LSU Tigers were incredible
After starting his career with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Joe Burrow began playing for the LSU Tigers in 2018. He just had a decent year that season, as he threw for 2,894 yards, 16 touchdowns, and five interceptions. However, in 2019, Burrow had one of the most incredible seasons of all-time.
He ultimately won the Heisman Trophy in 2019, throwing for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns, and six interceptions. LSU was dominant as a team, too. The Tigers ultimately went 15-0 and blew out Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinals, 63-28, before easily defeating the Clemson Tigers in the national championship game, 42-25.
Offensively, LSU scored an incredible 48.4 points per game, as — in addition to Burrow — the team had Clyde Edwards-Helaire at running back, who ran for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns, and gained 453 receiving yards. The Tigers also had two excellent receivers. Ja’Marr Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns, while Justin Jefferson caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. Terrace Marshall Jr. also gained over 600 receiving yards and had 13 TD catches for the Tigers.
LSU was solid defensively, too, as the Tigers only allowed 21.9 points per game. They were ultimately led by players like K’Lavon Chaisson and Patrick Queen, who were both 2020 first-round draft picks.
The Tigers were incredibly dominant in 2019, but so were the Crimson Tide in 2020.
The 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide were also dominant
Alabama also had an incredible season in 2020, as they went 13-0 in a COVID-19 season and defeated Notre Dame 31-14 in the CFP semifinals before beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 in the national championship game.
Bama didn’t have a quarterback like Burrow, but Mac Jones still had an excellent season and helped the Crimson Tide score 48.5 points per game. Jones ultimately threw for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns, and only four interceptions, but he also had one of the greatest receivers in college football history.
DeVonta Smith ended up winning the Heisman Trophy, as he caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns. John Metchie also had a big year as he caught 55 passes for 916 yards. Additionally, running back Najee Harris had a great season in the backfield for the Crimson Tide, running for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns while also gaining 425 receiving yards.
Like LSU, Alabama’s defense was pretty strong, too, as it only allowed 19.4 points per game. Christian Barmore got to QBs with ease, racking up eight sacks, while Christian Harris led the team with 79 total tackles. Daniel Wright also had a great season at defensive back, recording 60 total tackles and picking off two passes.
Both Alabama and LSU were incredible. But who does Burrow think would win if the two teams were to face each other?
Joe Burrow wasn’t having it when asked about 2019 LSU vs. 2020 Alabama
When speaking to the media recently, Burrow received a question about who would win in a game between 2019 LSU and 2020 Alabama. His answer was clear and strong, too.
“I think everyone knows the answer to that question,” Burrow said, per WLWT’s Brandon Saho. “Everyone knows what I’m going to say; I don’t even have to say it.”
Well, there you go. No matter who would win in that matchup, though, that game would certainly be incredible.
Stats courtesy of Sports Reference