Ever since he was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa in the National Championship game against Georgia, it seemed inevitable that Jalen Hurts would someday leave Alabama. It was essentially a guarantee this year after Tua’s impressive season, despite Hurts’ heroics in the SEC Championship. Hurts wasted no time finding his new home, as he announced that he will be transferring to Oklahoma, where he will be eligible immediately. This transfer is huge for all of college football, but let’s take a look at the three aspects that it affects the most.
- Oklahoma- With Kyler Murray heading to the NFL and backup quarterback Austin Kendall transferring to West Virginia, all signs pointed to Spencer Rattler, the nation’s number one quarterback recruit, taking over at quarterback for the Sooners. That is until Jalen Hurts became the newest Sooner. Hurts will bring experience, leadership, and a winning history to Oklahoma. The same cannot be said about Rattler, as he will be a true freshman. However, Rattler is extremely talented and could quite possibly be a better player than Hurts. This leaves Lincoln Riley with a huge decision to make. At the end of the day, with experience being the deciding factor, Hurts will be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback and will keep Oklahoma at the top of college football.
- The Big 12- Many people believed that Kyler Murray’s departure signaled the end of Oklahoma’s dominance of the Big 12. That changed pretty quickly. Hurts has the ability to lead a team to a championship, as he has won three SEC championships for Alabama. Also, Hurts does not lose very often. Just look at his 26-2 record as a starter for the Crimson Tide. Look for Jalen Hurts to bring this winning pattern to Oklahoma and keep the Sooners on top of the Big 12. That is unless one team stands in the way.
- Texas- In case you did not see Sam Ehlinger’s declaration, Texas is back. In Tom Herman’s second season as head coach, the Longhorns beat Oklahoma and earned a Sugar Bowl victory by dominating Georgia. Ehlinger will be back under center and Collin Johnson, Texas’ star receiver, decided to return for his senior season. Because of their momentum and returning players, I consider Texas to be the favorite to win the Big 12, even with Hurts’ arrival. The Longhorns were able to beat the Sooners with Kyler Murray, so beating them with Hurts will not be too formidable for them. We are going to see another classic Red River Rivalry matchup with Hurts at quarterback, but Texas will come out on top of that and the Big 12.