Joe Burrow: 'We just got to finish it off'

Amos Morale III
January 12, 2020 - 5:12 pm

Joe Burrow said LSU’s goal hasn’t changed since last January. 

“We went into the season saying if the national title is in New Orleans, we weren't going to let anybody else be there,” Burrow said. “We had to be there. We weren't going to be at home on the couch watching two teams coming in our state and watching them on TV. That was the motivation for us.”

After a record breaking season, the Tigers are set to play in that title game Monday at 7:15 p.m. and Burrow aims to win it.

“This is the national championship,” he said. “This is what we thought we would do at the beginning of the year. This is what we expected. We just got to finish it off.”

Despite the stakes, Burrow said he’s prepare for Monday’s matchup with No. 3 Clemson like he has every other game. 

“We got mature guys that prepare very well,” Burrow said. “We've done very well so far just doing what we do, preparing, going through every week like it's just another game.

“That's what I'm trying to do, stay in my routine, stay with what I normally do.”

Burrow said that not only is he hoping to win the game in LSU’s home state but also in front of a home crowd.

“I hope our fans come out, fill that stadium up, make it just like Death Valley,” he said. “I don't really know what to expect, though. They try to split the tickets, try to, 50/50. I'm excited to see how much purple and gold we have in the stadium.”

Even with the home crowd Burrow is expecting a tough challenge from the Clemson defense which he said does a really good job mixing up their looks. 

“They'll bring the same blitz, play different coverage behind it,” Burrow said. “I’m going to have to be on my game, reading the safeties, reading the coverages, seeing blitzes knowing what covers they usually like to play behind it postsnap to make sure that it is what I thought it was. That's going to be key for us.”

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