ESPN analyst: Joe Burrow will look like a game manager against Florida's defense
LSU enters Saturday night against Florida as the heavy favorite. The Tigers opened nearly a two-touchdown favorite over the Gators.
The matchup pits LSU’s explosive offense, led by quarterback Joe Burrow, against Florida’s aggressive defense, led by pass rusher Jonathan Greenard. So, something has to give.
ESPN analyst Jonathan Vilma joined Emmanuel Acho and Peter Burns on College Football Live this week to break down the big game. While Acho sees Burrow getting the better of the matchup, Vilma thinks Florida’s defense will make Burrow look like a game manager at best.
“Joe Burrow needs time to throw the football,” Vilma said on ESPN. “Joe Burrow gets to sit back there against the Utah States of the world and then scan the defense. He goes and gets some water, and then he kind of looks at where he wants to throw the ball. And he finally makes a completion.
“His stats are amazing, yes. His offense is amazing, yes. His throws are great, but he won’t have time. Florida isn’t going to give it to him. Joe Burrow is going to look like a game manager at best against that Florida defense.”
Burrow leads the SEC with nearly 373 yards passing per game and is second behind Tua Tagovailoa with 22 touchdown passes. On the other hand, Florida’s defense has given up just four touchdown passes the entire season and leads the SEC in scoring defense only allowing 9.5 points per game.
The Tigers and Gators kickoff Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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