The LSU Tigers (9-0) play their final road game of the season against the Ole Miss Rebels (4-6) on Saturday night after last week’s historical win over the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Rebels have struggled in two key areas this year that the Tigers can take advantage of — the passing game and the passing defense. LSU provides one of the biggest threats in the country on the pass, and has an experienced quarterback under center who doubles as a gritty rusher with a linebacker mentality.
Here’s a look at how LSU’s Joe Burrow and Ole Miss’ John Rhys Plumlee stack up ahead of the weekend’s matchup.
First Impression: Burrow continues to be the front-runner in the Heisman Trophy race after his statement win over the Alabama Crimson Tide last week. But it’s not just the Heisman honors the quarterback is in the conversation for. Currently 236-of-299 passing for 3,198 yards with 33 touchdowns and four interceptions, Burrow is very much on track to be amongst the first five overall picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Just as much of a threat on the pass as he is on the ground, the Tigers couldn’t ask for better performances at signal-caller.
Last showing: vs. Alabama, W 46-41
Bottom line for Saturday: One of the biggest things for LSU in this game is mindset — bad things happen when you play down to a ‘lesser’ opponent. But Burrow and the Tigers seem to have kept a steady head regardless of who they’ve faced, and have delivered consistently on offense all season. Expect another dominant showing as the Tigers face one of the worst pass defenses in the nation.
John Rhys Plumlee
First Impression: Plumlee has been faced with the tall task of becoming a starting quarterback as a true freshman in the SEC, but he’s handled it well enough to this point. He’s 61-of-120 for 666 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions over seven games. But his biggest threat is his mobility, and he’s recorded 115 rushing attempts for 777 yards and seven touchdowns.
Last showing: vs. NMSU, W 41-3
Bottom line for Saturday: The LSU defense will be one of the toughest Plumlee faces in the midst of his freshman campaign, especially given the fact that the offense he holds the reins of is so one-dimensional. The Rebels hardly have a passing attack, and the Tigers should have no issue game planning to keep their opponent’s rushing attack at bay. Expect Plumlee and Ole Miss to have their fair share of struggles on Saturday.