ATLANTA, GA – Joe Burrow needed a year under his belt, along with a coaching change and a new wide-open offense, to really find his way at LSU.
Jalen Hurts didn't have even that long to adjust, which makes his lone season at Oklahoma even more remarkable.
Now, two transfer quarterbacks who left an inedible mark on their second programs will meet Saturday in the Peach Bowl semifinal playoff game.
The overall matchup looks a bit one-sided — top-ranked LSU (13-0) is a two-touchdown favorite over the No. 4 Sooners (12-1) — but the quarterback duel is downright tantalizing.
Burrow, the runaway winner of the Heisman Trophy, has completed nearly 78% of his passes for 4,715 yards, with a staggering 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
“How can you not respect what Joe's done?” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “He's had a fabulous year. He's going to be the best quarterback we've faced.”
Ditto for LSU.
Hurts, the Heisman runner-up, has dazzled with both his right arm and his legs. He's completed just under 72% of his throws for 3,634 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions — and leads his team in rushing with 1,255 yards and 18 TDs.