New week. New record. Is there a ceiling to Joe Burrow's historic season?
Joe Burrow already has had the most productive passing season in the history of LSU football.
Every touchdown pass that he throws adds to the record he gained possession of last month. He added 5 touchdowns to his record total during the 58-37 victory at Ole Miss on Saturday. So the program record is 38 and growing.
He needs just 7 more to break Drew Lock’s SEC record of 43, set in 2017.
Burrow broke the Tigers’ single-season record for passing yards Saturday when he surpassed the 3,347 that Rohan Davey had in 2001. When the game finally ended, he had 489 yards – the second-highest single-game total in Tigers history (Davey, 528 vs. Alabama, 2001 – and his record total for the season reached 3,687.
And Burrow isn’t done. Far from it.
He and No. 1-ranked LSU have lots more football to play in this historic season.
Next up is a game against a really bad Arkansas team, which already has fired its coach, Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Then comes the regular-season finale against Texas A&M on Nov. 30 in Tiger Stadium.
Almost certainly, LSU will be in Atlanta a week later to face Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
If the Tigers win those next 3 games, they will be in the College Football Playoff. If they get to the SEC Championship Game and lose but still pass the “eye test” with the CFP committee, they could still be in the Playoff.
That’s a lot more football, meaning lots more milestones will be reached and passed.
The LSU record for passing touchdowns in a game used to be 5. Burrow broke that mark when he threw 6 against Vanderbilt in September. The 5 he had against Ole Miss marked the 4th time this season he has had at least as many as what the record used to be.
He had 4 against Texas and Mississippi State. He had a mere 3 against top 10 heavyweights Florida and Alabama. He had just 2 against Northwestern State and 1 against Auburn.
Burrow had his 2nd 400-yard game of the season against Ole Miss.
Even on those rare occasions when he messes up, it mainly just accentuates how remarkably rare his screw-ups are.
He threw 2 interceptions against Ole Miss. Both came in the second half. They – and an awful defensive performance after halftime – prevented the Tigers from putting away the Rebel earlier than they did.
But to put that in context, it was Burrow’s first multi-interception game of the season. He had a grand total of 4 interceptions in the previous 9 games.
So future opponents can’t bank on Burrow miscues.
LSU and Burrow will have at least 1 game after the SEC Championship Game – either a bowl game or, more likely, a semifinal Playoff game. If they make it all the way to the CFP title game, they’ll still be playing Jan. 13.
That means it’s quite realistic that the 10-0 Tigers are only two-thirds of the way through the season.
Think about that.
Five more games for Burrow and Co. to add to their numbers.
Based on Burrow’s pace, if he and the Tigers were to reach the CFP title game, he would add nearly 2,000 more yards and nearly 20 more touchdowns to his season totals.
The yardage and the touchdowns get the most attention, but it’s Burrow’s efficiency that has been the most impressive aspect of his game.
He set yet another school record against Ole Miss when he completed 17 consecutive passes.
For the season he has completed 78.5 percent of his passes, which puts him ahead of the NCAA single-season record of 76.7 percent set by Colt McCoy of Texas
And therein lies what makes Burrow’s season so remarkable. Yes, he continues to put up eye-popping numbers and shatter cumulative records.
But even as he does more and more and more, he continues to operate at an unprecedented rate of efficiency.