The Final Four. The home stretch. Our final hurdle in crowning a winner. The 2019 Joe Burrow Touchdown Bracket is on the precipice of realizing its destiny. Only a few votes stand in the way.
We ended up with three 1 seeds and one 2 seed. Might not seem like there was much drama. However, an interesting note about the four plays remaining is that none came from Burrow’s historic postseason. All four came from the three regular season games that most people circled in the offseason: Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Take a look at how it all shook out below.
If you didn’t think Alabama was a big game, guess again. TWO touchdowns in the Final Four from the same game! Both in the first half! Football is weird! But nevertheless, let us continue on to our first semifinal matchup!
No. 1: Burrow’s iconic 61 yard strike to Justin Jefferson on 3rd and 17 against Texas
Why it should advance:
I’m running out of new things to say about this play. Not just because this is the fifth time its appeared on this bracket, but because it is a rare “oh my god we’re going to lose oh holy shit wait we’re gonna win!” play. You don’t see those! Like when your team is attempting a game-winning field goal, you know it’s either going in or out, one or the other.
This play was different. This was a seismic shift in the way we played football at LSU. Any LSU fan would’ve signed up for an 18-yard completion for a first down in an instant, no questions asked. But for Jefferson to break a tackle and take it all the way into the burnt orange end zone? It felt like we punch the rest of the college football world in the face. “Look at us now? You want a piece of this?”
A lot of people say this play (and win) isn’t that special because Texas ended up being a 7-5 team. I strongly disagree. If we run the ball, punt it away, and surrender a touchdown to lose 38-37, do you think the rest of our season plays out the same way? I don’t. Sure we score lots of points but does this loss scare us? Do we have the killer instinct to put Florida away? The strength and resolve to edge past Auburn? The confidence and tenacity to go into Tuscaloosa and slay the dragon that has burned us for eight years? I’m not sure we do for any of those. And if Texas really does rally on the big stage like that, I bet they play with their hair on fire for the rest of the year and look like a better team than they were.
But that didn’t happen because on 3rd and 17 with a six-point lead, LSU decided to throw the ball past the sticks. Joe Burrow, Ed Orgeron, and everyone in the program told the world about how new and explosive this offense was. They needed the perfect opportunity to prove it. They passed with flying colors.
No. 2: Ja’Marr Chase’s 33 yard opening drive back shoulder catch against Alabama
Why it should advance:
The last time LSU had beaten Alabama, they scored six points in regulation. The last time LSU played Alabama, they scored 0 in regulation. It took 2019 LSU two minutes and 46 seconds of game clock to eclipse those totals.
We knew LSU was as good as Alabama, but some of us wondered if the moment would be too big. Jarrett Lee did a very fine job playing quarterback for LSU in 2011, but in the first quarter in Tuscaloosa, he was visibly shaken. You’ll be quick to point out that Joe Burrow is much better than Jarrett Lee, but in 2018 Joe was still a good quarterback, just like his predecessor, noted Good Quarterback™ Danny Etling. All three times, LSU’s QB saw a significant dropoff from his generally solid production. Passing against Alabama didn’t even seem physically possible anymore.
That’s why it was okay to be skeptical about how this juggernaut offense would fair against the Crimson Tide. The fact the entire country was watching certainly added to the pressure, but at this point more pressure didn’t really seem possible. So, did how did the LSU offense respond to an amount of pressure that transcends hyperbole?
By makin’ them look SILLY!!!
This play just hits different man. Like the feeling of when you’re searching for the missing TV, car keys, PS4 controller, whatever the hell it is, and you FINALLY FIND IT! There’s nothing like that feeling. This was the feeling of finally finding the offense we needed to beat these ugly red bullies and take our place at the top of the college football world. Much like the play above it, this touchdown is LSU telling the world, “Yep, we’re here! And it’s gonna be a problem for you!”
What was the better Joe Burrow touchdown?
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The iconic 3rd and 17 against Texas
The explosive opening drive score at Alabama