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How much is a veteran quarterback with a 26-2 record as a starter at the University of Alabama worth if he transfers to your program? Well, if you're the Oklahoma Sooners with that exact player, in Jalen Hurts, the answer is more than a 25 percent boost in your odds to win the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship.
After the Sooners opened with +2000 odds and a tie with Michigan for the fifth-best odds to win next season's national title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, Oklahoma has improved to a +1400 shot with Hurts now on the Sooners' roster.
Oklahoma has gone from a solid program looking to replace back-to-back Heisman trophy winners at quarterback to a proven CFP contender in the matter of one day.
Hurts' decision to transfer to Oklahoma came as somewhat of a surprise, following reportedly significant interest and contact with programs like Maryland and Miami. However, at the end of his search, the former Alabama starting QB pulled the trigger on joining Lincoln Riley and his explosive offensive system in Norman.
#NCAAF Odds to Win the 2020 #CollegeFootballPlayoff via @FDSportsbook seeing some early changes at the top since opening on Jan. 15, 2019.— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) January 15, 2019
Ohio State ➕1⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣
It's not as if anyone was counting the Sooners out, but failing to win a single College Football Playoff game over the last two seasons with talents like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray at the QB position left questions about how OU would be able to compete this coming season. That question has now been answered in the form of Hurts at QB.
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