LSU quarterbacks haven't thrown a touchdown pass vs. Alabama since 2015. They haven't thrown for more than 155 yards or zero interceptions since 2013, which was also the last meeting in which they completed at least 50 percent of their passes
Since Nick Saban got Alabama rolling in 2008, his defenses have dominated most opposing quarterbacks, especially those from Baton Rouge. In their last 11 meetings, they've held LSU quarterbacks to an average of 12.8 completions, 155 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. The Tigers have more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (seven), have scored 21 or fewer points nine times, including 10 or fewer four times, and have completed 16 or fewer passes 10 times.
Since Zach Mettenberger went 40-for-58 for 539 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in back-to-back losses in 2012 and 2013, the Tigers have completed a total of 40 passes. Forty completions (on 100 attempts) in the last four meetings for 451 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Shockingly, they've lost all four games.
Will Nick Saban's dominance continue in Week 10 vs. Joe Burrow? Yes, says one SEC assistant coach.
“Who is going to get exposed is the LSU quarterback,” the unnamed coached told Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports. “He’s not very good. He’s average. He’s a general and a game manager. They’re hyping him because they haven’t had a good quarterback in a long time. He’s going to struggle against ‘Bama. He’s not a talented enough passer to take them apart and beat them in the pass game.”
He's right; Burrow is average. Early wins over Miami (FL) and Auburn — in which he played poorly for most of the game — and good numbers vs. a miserable Ole Miss defense have created a perception that LSU finally has their quarterback.
Is Burrow better than Danny Etling? Duh. Has he shown anything to suggest he won't be the latest Tigers' quarterback to complete 40 percent of his passes in a loss to Alabama. Nope.