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Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been so dominant on the field that his backup quarterback, Jalen Hurts, has now officially re-entered the Heisman conversation.


How overwhelmingly dominant does this make Alabama? Dominant enough that the Crimson Tide's backup quarterback now has better Heisman odds than 15 of the 24 other starting quarterbacks in the latest AP Top 25 Poll.

Just in case that hasn't resonated yet, Tagovailoa has been good enough to build up such ridiculous leads by halftime in so many games this season that Hurts has now been given enough garbage-time opportunities to accumulate Heisman-odds-worthy status heading into Week 9.


Hurts has appeared in all eight of Alabama's games this season and completed 39-of-53 passing attempts for 589 yards and five touchdowns, essentially only playing in the second half of those eight games.


After Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins laid an egg and his Buckeyes fell by 29 points on the road to Purdue in Week 8, there's a three-way tie at +1400 for the second best QB odds -- Haskins, Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, and Michigan's Shea Patterson.


Of course, Hurts has practically no chance of being named the 2018-19 Heisman trophy winner, but it's almost laughable that a backup leads 15 other Top-25 starting QBs. 


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