5. SMU Mustangs
If Texas football does lose Buechele to transfer to a Group of Five program, it would likely be one of the stronger in the state of Texas. There’s a host of options at the Group of Five level that Power Five transfers commonly choose. The SMU Mustangs is a good starting point for Buechele if he elects to take the transfer route.
SMU is a place where one memorable (not in a good way) former Texas football quarterback transferred to when it didn’t work out on the Forty Acres. When former five-star recruit Garrett Gilbert wore out his welcome with the Horns, he up and transferred to SMU for what amounted to one decent year as its starting quarterback.
The fit for Buechele and the Mustangs would be a bit better than Gilbert. Buechele our together a much more productive career statistically with the Horns than Gilbert did. He is also a good fit for that offensive scheme that could use a quarterback with a strong arm and some level of mobility. SMU’s offense doesn’t need a true dual-threat quarterback, but the underrated elusiveness of Buechele is a great fit.
Next year, SMU will either be led by rising senior quarterback Ben Hicks or an incoming transfer. Hicks has a solid junior season, with 19 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions, but Buechele should be able to win the job over him. Plus, Buechele has two years of eligibility left while Hicks would only have one. SMU is one of the favorites listed on the official odds to land Buechele if he enters the transfer market.