Three weeks ago, the Red River Rivalry game saw the Oklahoma Sooners take down Sam Ehlinger and the Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Although, former Alabama Crimson Tide graduate transfer senior quarterback Jalen Hurts didn’t get to play a huge role in Oklahoma topping Texas on Oct. 12. Hurts actually made a handful of bad decisions that resulted in a fumble and a pick.
So far this season, Hurts has 21 passing touchdowns and just three interceptions. One of those three picks came in Oklahoma’s win over Texas. But he’s also added an insane 801 rushing yards and 13 scores. The combination of the rushing and passing production for Hurts will keep him in the thick of Heisman contention the rest of the way.
Oklahoma would likely need to win out for Hurts to be a legitimate candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this year. Topping Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or LSU’s Joe Burrow would take a big push from the Sooners, specifically Hurts, for the remainder of the regular season. Winning the Big 12 Title would help Hurts inch closer to these honors.
But it’s hard to see anyone but Hurts winning the Heisman Trophy out of the Big 12 this season. Hubbard and Ehlinger still have decent shots at making it to New York for the Heisman ceremony as finalists, but neither Texas nor Oklahoma State remains alive in the College Football Playoff conversation which will hurt their stock for this award.