Jalen Hurts' Heisman Odds Take Massive Leap After Record-Setting Debut With Oklahoma in Week 1

Houston v Oklahoma
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The Oklahoma Sooners took the field Sunday night with their third new starting quarterback in three seasons, with the previous two taking home the Heisman Trophy and being drafted No. 1 overall in each of the last two NFL Drafts.

This time, Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts was given the starting job, with high expectations set for him, to say the least. He responded with a record-setting performance in his Sooners' debut, leading to a considerable jump in his odds to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Oklahoma's game against Houston was one of the most anticipated matchups of Week 1 because of Hurts. The senior quarterback put on a show, completing 20-of-23 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Hurts was also effective with his legs, adding another 176 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

The six touchdowns were the most ever for an Oklahoma quarterback in his debut, and his 176 rushing yards were a career high for Hurts as well. Hurts also joined Johnny Manziel as the only players in the last 15 years to pass for 300 yards and rush for 150 yards in the same game. As a result, Hurts' Heisman odds jumped from +1400 to +1000 after Sunday's game.

The big performance from Hurts allowed him to jump Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the latest Heisman odds. Those two Big Ten products are now tied for the fourth-best odds to win the Heisman, at +1600 odds. Hurts now sits behind only Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who are tied at +250.

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