Joe Burrow and Justin Jefferson were easy selections for The Associated Press All-Bowl Team after they connected for four first-half touchdowns in LSU's College Football Playoff semifinal blowout of Oklahoma.
Selecting the rest of the team wasn’t nearly as simple.
Although the season won’t end until LSU faces Clemson in the championship game Monday night in New Orleans, all the postseason games with “bowl” in the title have been played. So why wait?
Because some defenses run a 4-3 scheme, some run a 3-4 and others use the nickel as their base defense, AP included four linemen, four linebackers and five defensive backs in picking the honorees. There are also 13 players on offense, since we include an all-purpose player and a third running back.
There were far more receivers than tight ends worthy of consideration, so we left out the tight end position and went with three receivers instead. Maybe next year.
Joe Burrow, LSU (Peach): The Heisman Trophy winner tied a bowl record by throwing seven touchdown passes in the top-ranked Tigers’ 63-28 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma — all in the first half Burrow went 29 of 39 for 394 yards passing. He also had a touchdown run.