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Analyst Reveals Why Jalen Hurts Picked Oklahoma Over Everyone Else

Jalen Hurts points to the sky.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jalen Hurts will be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2019, as the former Alabama quarterback announced his transfer decision today.

The Crimson Tide quarterback announced his decision in a piece for The Players' Tribune.

Hurts chose Oklahoma over several other major programs, including Miami and Maryland. Auburn reportedly made a "late push" for Hurts, too.

The decision to transfer to Oklahoma isn't a surprising one, as the Sooners have had incredible success with transfer QBs in recent years (Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray).

One college football analyst thinks another aspect was at play, though.

Recruiting insider Mike Farrell says that Hurts chose Oklahoma, in part, because of the potential of facing Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

"I’m told one of the things Jalen Hurts wanted the most in a transfer school is the chance to play and beat #Bama in the playoff. #Sooners could give him that chance," he tweeted.

Oklahoma will undoubtedly be a College Football Playoff contender in 2019, as the Sooners should start the season ranked inside the top 10.

The Crimson Tide should get back there, as well. Alabama will likely start the 2019 season ranked No. 2 in the country.

An Alabama-Oklahoma matchup would be a ton of fun, too.