OU football: Jalen Hurts has Sooners ranked 11th in quarterback situation
Pro Football Focus, pff.com, has gotten in the business of college football analysis and has produced a list of all 130 Division I-A teams, ranked according to their starting quarterback situations heading into the season.
It’s an an interesting list. You can read it here.
The Sooners, with back-to-back Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks, are ranked 11th, courtesy of Jalen Hurts and his Alabama pedigree.
The top 10 is full of OU connections. After the obvious top two – Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa – come the likes of Houston’s D’Eriq King at No. 4, North Texas’ Mason Fine at No. 5, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger at No. 6, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy at No. 8 and Georgia’s Jake Fromm at No. 9.
The Sooners open against Houston on September 1. Fine is from Locust Grove. Texas is Texas. Iowa State is picked to challenge OU and Texas for a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game. And Fromm helped beat the Sooners in the Rose Bowl two seasons ago.
Baylor’s Charlie Brewer is 12th, so the Big 12 has four of the top 12 quarterback situations.
OSU’s combination of Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders is 60th. Fifteen other schools out of 130 are listed with two quarterbacks, but only Wake Forest – Sam Hartman and Jamie Newman, at No. 38 – is ahead of OSU.
Other Big 12 rankings are Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman at (too low) 26th, Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson at 58th, West Virginia’s Austin Kendall and Jack Allison at 78th, TCU’s Alex Delton at 87th and Kansas’ Thomas MacVittie at 110th.
Kendall, of course, transferred from OU. So did Florida Atlantic’s Chris Robison, ranked 81st. Arkansas’ Nick Starkel, a transfer from Texas A&M who originally committed to OSU, is grouped with fellow transfer Ben Hick (SMU) to rank 102nd.
Tulsa’s Zach Smith, a transfer from Baylor, is ranked 57th.
Other opponents for the Bedlam rivals include UCLA (Dorian Thompson-Robinson is ranked 68th) and Oregon State (Jake Luton is ranked 49th).
Kentucky’s Terry Wilson, a Del City High School graduate, is ranked 46th.