Saturday’s matchup between the Texas A&M Aggies and the LSU Tigers features two very different signal-callers going under center for their respective teams.
While one is an experienced grad-transfer, the other is still trying to find a sense of identity as a true sophomore.
Here’s how the two stack up.
Joe Burrow and his receivers had an opportunity to really get clicking on offense last game, as the quarterback himself said he felt like the unit got a chance to get back to its roots and find a sense of identity. Burrow turned in a steady performance before passing over the reigns to Myles Brennan, looking further improved on accuracy and decision-making. We obviously can’t discount the fact the last game was against a lesser opponent, though.
Last showing: vs. Rice, W 42-10
He was 20-of-28 passes for 307 yards, with two touchdowns on the Tigers’ final home game of the year.
Bottom line for Saturday: LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said that Burrow turned in his best week of practice in preparation for what’s being called the biggest game of the year. Burrow and the offense will be up against a defense that’s been known to blitz on third-down, a weak spot for the Tigers this year. LSU will need a strong showing from Burrow to finish out the season on a high note.
First Impression: For being a true sophomore, dual-threat quarterback Kellen Mond has played well enough for the Aggies. Mond needs to establish more consistency to be a totally reliable quarterback for the team, though. Sometimes Mond gives off the sense of a leader, constructing a 38-24 comeback win over Mississippi. Other times he looks lost, opening a second half of football with consecutive interceptions.
Mond is 201-of-340 passes for 2,680 yards, with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.
Last showing: vs. UAB, W 41-20
He was 11-of-20 passes for 192 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions on the win for the Aggies.
Bottom line for Saturday: Going up against a stout LSU secondary, Mond is going to have to be on top of his game for this weekend’s matchup. Expect him to make some costly mistakes as the Aggies record their eighth consecutive loss to the Tigers.