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A Top 10 College Football Team Probably Lost Its Star QB Tonight - Here's Why

A general view of the field during an Oklahoma Sooners home game.

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 1: General view of game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oklahoma Sooners on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Wildcats 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Oklahoma lost its starting quarterback from last season when Baker Mayfield's eligibility expired. They might have lost their projected starter for next year tonight.

Kyler Murray, who served as Mayfield's primary backup in 2017 and is slated to take over for him this fall, was just selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the MLB Draft. Murray was expected to go somewhere in the first round, but No. 9 is eye-opening.

By being chosen that early, Murray is in line for a sizable signing bonus. The slot value there is nearly $5 million.

That will be tough to pass up.

Sure, Murray has said he plans to play football this fall. Technically, he could play both sports.

But reality is that's an incredible amount of money to pass up, and there's no way Oakland would feel comfortable with him playing both sports and risking injury when they are investing that much.

It seems like a likely conclusion that Murray will sign and put football on the backburner. That would be bad news for OU.

The Sooners have little depth behind Murray. Former four-star recruit Austin Kendall is next in line, followed by walk-ons Connor McGinnis and Reece Clark.

Murray's decision could have a major impact on the Big 12 and College Football Playoff chases.