Following a total shutout at home to Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide, the LSU Tigers play what should be a much easier matchup against a 2-7 Arkansas Razorbacks team.
The Tigers’ Joe Burrow and the Razorbacks’ Ty Storey both head into the game as first-year starters in the SEC, but with two totally different levels of success.
Here’s how the two compare.
First Impression: Still receiving very little help from him offensive line, and with no truly reliable receiver, Burrow continues to suffer on paper.
This was especially evident in last week’s sloppy loss to Alabama, when the Tigers failed to come up with anything on offense. Typically very effective on the run, Burrow quickly found out he couldn’t rush on the Alabama defense like he had against other opponents. It was his first game to finish in the negatives, recording -7 rushing yards on the loss.
The signal-caller clearly still has some developing to do as he wraps up his first season as a starter, but we’re going to need to see much more from his supporting cast as well.
Burrow is 138-of-258 passes for 1,728 yards this year with six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Last showing: vs. Alabama, L 29-0
Burrow was 18-of-35 passes for 184 yards and one interception in the shutout at home against the Crimson Tide.
Bottom line for Saturday: Coming off a tough loss, this weekend’s game against Arkansas presents an opportunity for Burrow and the Tigers to bounce back in a big way. Going up against a lowly Razorbacks defense, the signal-caller and the offense should be in for a big day on their eighth win of the season.
First Impression: Making his way up from third-string to starting quarterback in less than a year, junior quarterback Ty Storey has climbed the ranks at Arkansas. There, he’s been commended for his toughness, as he’s faced many big hits in games like the one against Ole Miss and still made plays.
He’s also been praised for his Football IQ, and has a good handle on Chad Morris’ complex playbook, which has been an issue for several Arkansas quarterbacks in the past.
Storey is 104-of-178 passes for 1,223 yards this year with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Last showing: vs. Vanderbilt, L 45-31
Storey was 23-of-36 passes for 240 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to the Commodores.
Bottom line for Saturday: As Arkansas most likely records its eighth loss of the season Saturday, the blame won’t all be on Storey. This year’s LSU defense is stout, and shouldn’t have a difficult time putting the Arkansas offense away.