Hurts: I have a lot of respect for Joe Burrow. I think he’s handled this season really well, been very consistent all season from what I’ve seen. I think he’s done great in executing and being efficient in what they do.
Oklahoma (previously played for Alabama)
Total offense: 4,889 yards
Yards per game: 376.1
Passing touchdowns: 32
Rushing yards: 1,255
Points responsible for: 308
2019 Heisman Trophy runner-up
Burrow: He’s a really good player who can beat you with his arm and his legs, and he’s a quiet guy who just keeps his nose down and works really hard. I respect those guys.
Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator, L.S.U.: In critical spots, he turns it on, and that’s always been the case with him. He’s got a cool demeanor about him. When things are going good or going bad, you still have to be on the ball versus him because he’s not going to get fazed, he’s not going to be disrupted.
If you put people more on the run game to defend him, then you have less numbers on the back end to defend No. 2 (wide receiver CeeDee Lamb) and No. 14 (wide receiver Charleston Rambo). In the league they’re coming from, it’s three-man rush, so the receivers are doing these deep ovals and no one’s touching them and they’re just running free and they find areas, and he’s able to maneuver through a three-man rush and throw it up. That’s one thing, and that’s concerning because those are big plays.
The more concerning thing is when there is tight coverage and they are pressed, which is not very often, and he’s able to find the window and throw it in there. That’s what shakes you a little bit because that did not show up when we played him in the past.
Joe Brady, passing game coordinator, L.S.U.: He’s hard to defend because you’ve got a guy who is a dynamic quarterback: He can make all of the throws, he can sit in the pocket and make all the reads, he can move around, he can scramble, he can keep plays alive, keep drives alive. And he’s extremely dynamic as a runner.