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Sooners QB Kyler Murray Named One of Three Heisman Finalists

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Oklahoma

Another year and another Oklahoma Sooners quarterback is heading to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

With Murray heading to the Big Apple, he becomes the fourth Heisman finalist from OU over the past three seasons, joining Baker Mayfield (2016/17) and Dede Westbrook (2016). Mayfield was also a finalist in 2015 and won the award last season.

The other two finalists for this weekend’s award is Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Tagovailoa was considered the favorite for most of the season, but after Murray helped the Sooners beat Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, and Tua left Alabama’s game against Georgia due to injury with his team trailing, Murray is now the favorite in Vegas to capture to award for the Sooners for a second straight season.

The odds are as follows, per MyBookie:

Kyler Murray -125
Tua Tagovailoa +105
Dwayne Haskins +1600

And as you get ready to place your bet for the Heisman winner, here is everything you need to know about how the system works, rules and much more.

Lincoln Riley could have himself quite a sales pitch for future recruits. If Murray does win on Saturday night, OU would become the first team since USC in 2004 and 2005 to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies. And even more compelling, the Sooners would become the first team since Army in 1945-46 to win the award in back-to-back seasons at the same position.

Murray has been lights out in his only season starting for the Sooners, as he’s nearly guaranteed to head to Major League Baseball after the season where he has a multi-million dollar signing bonus waiting from the Oakland A’s. He’s thrown for 4,053 yards, with 40 touchdowns, while completing 71 percent of his passes. On the ground, he’s rushed for 892 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy will be announced Saturday night, December 8th, in New York City.

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