I am. Sorry it blows your mind. Please stop pretending he played on a high school field he is used to with family and friends screaming down his rivals. Dome stadium, equal unfamiliarity with environment...how far do we want to take this? There is no quantifiable advantage. If Burrow is afraid of plane rides and can't get more than three hours sleep outside of Louisiana I'll retract my position.
No such thing as home field advantage now? Interesting. Is it simply a myth? Besides the week off, why do NFL teams consider it so important?
He didn't stroll into Baton Rouge with a homemade meal from mom two hours before the game.
Not the point of home cook meal. He had a very favorable fan base playing one hour away in his home state. To say fans do not help, would be saying playing in Seattle is easy with their noise makers. Fans bring energy and that helps.
"At least 62 percent of the seats at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans are expected to be filled by LSU fans, according to a projection from Vivid Seats. And that number is likely to increase as game time gets closer.
Clemson has a loyal fan base that travels well, but LSU’s campus is less than 90 minutes away from the Superdome. It’s a nearly nine-hour road trip from Clemson to New Orleans."
Clemson and LSU are equally loaded. I'm not even going to pretend otherwise. The numbers back it up. Clemson was the best defense in both point and yards. They ranked 5th in yards on offense and 2nd in points. LSU was 1st in offense and not even Top 25 in either defensive category. If you want to say Clemson just pounced on inferior competition to drive up numbers then perhaps my point is made in that Burrow decimated the best competition and made it look easy.
There is a prime example of playing the stats while knowing its misleading indicator to the truth. Like the saying. Figures do not lie, but liars figure.
What powerhouse football team did Clemson last yr before the final four? There was even talk they did not deserve to be in the final four because of lack of quality teams they played against. Now you are trying to sell LSU & Clemson were both equality loaded because of Clemson's stats.
The QB comparisons are easy. It takes a smart coach to unlock a talent the rest of us are generally blind to. Burrow was fortunate to have that in his junior and senior year rather than waiting until the NFL. Coaches saw what he was capable of and how he commanded an offense without using a simple spread and sprinting ability. Instead of being a big surprise like Brady, Romo or others I mentioned he'll enter the NFL expected to be like them because he carries similar traits.
He had a couple of games at the end of his junior yr. Lets not act like he laid this fantastic ground work that yr. Joe Brady came in with his friendly QB passing game coordinator and Burrow exploded. Maybe he simply "Popped" this yr. and will continue. Maybe he "popped" this yr and will return to being the guy that did little to nothing for four yrs of college. Time will tell.
The huge difference is Burrow will come into the NFL with expectations, unlike either of them. Fans are going to be expecting 50 TDs his rookie yr. Sounds stupid, but they will.
I'm not against Burrow, just not tripping over my tongue wanting him.