The final LSU home game presents a rather lopsided matchup, to put it nicely. Rice is easily the worst team on the Tigers’ schedule, and it’s predicted the Owls will drop to 1-11 by more than 40 points on Saturday.
The talent levels between the two starting quarterbacks taking snaps this weekend is hardly comparable. There’s also a good chance we’ll see a third in the mix not too far into the action.
Here’s how each of the signal-callers stack up.
First Impression: Heading into the 11th start of his career, Burrow continues to get the job done under center by making plays in the air and on the ground.
Burrow could afford to be more accurate, as he’s completed 54.8 percent of his passes this year. We’d also like to see Burrow improve under pressure, which is going to be imperative if LSU can’t deliver consistently strong performances from its offensive line.
Even so, Burrow is easily the best the Tigers have have had at the position in some time, and no one’s complaining about the 8-2 season he’s led the team to so far.
Last showing: vs. Arkansas, W 24-17
Burrow was 15-of-21 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown on the victory over the Hogs in Fayetteville.
Bottom line for Saturday: This weekend’s game against the Owls may be the easiest game Burrow ever plays in his college career. More than likely, we won’t see much of him, as he’ll be replaced by backup QB Myles Brennan early on.
First Impression: Myles Brennan had all the hype in the world behind him when he originally committed to LSU, and was projected to be the starter this year until Burrow transferred and beat him out. Brennan may have set high school records in Mississippi, but we’ve yet to see him do anything truly meaningful since he kicked off his college career in the 2017 season.
We’ve seen the sophomore take snaps against BYU, Chattanooga, Syracuse, Troy, Alabama and Texas A&M when he was behind former quarterback, Danny Etling. Brennan was 14-of-24 for 182 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in those games.
He’s still got a lot of developing to do, but with an absolute cannon of an arm and a high ceiling, he may turn into a reliable starter for LSU down the line.
Last showing: vs. Texas A&M, W 45-21
Brennan was 1-of-1 passes for four yards on a brief appearance against the Aggies last season.
Bottom line for Saturday: As soon as the Tigers have built a solid lead up on the Owls - which probably won’t take long - we’ll see Brennan take the field. The signal-caller still has a lot to prove, and he’ll see a good bit of playing time in this matchup to do just that.
First Impression: A transfer from Vanderbilt, Shawn Stankavage first saw action in 2017 with a single pass attempt against Alabama A&M.
He made his debut as a starter this season against Prairie View, leading the Owls to touchdowns in the first two drives of the game, and the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter.
Stankavage has thrown for 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns in his past seven starts. For what it’s worth, those 10 scoring passes are the most since Tyler Stehling completed 12 in 2016, entering a four-way tie for 9th on the Rice season list.
But Stankavage has been painfully inaccurate this year, recording three interceptions in last week alone. He totals ten on the season, as the Owls continue to struggle with ball security as a whole.
Last showing: vs. LA Tech, L 28-13
Stankavage was 18-of-32 passes for 216 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions in the road loss.
Bottom line for Saturday: Granted that Stankavage is at the helm of one of the worst offenses in college football - going up against one of the best defenses in college football - we can assume Stankavage is in for a rough day on Saturday.