1. QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
It all looked so easy, but don’t dismiss just how much pressure was on Jalen Hurts to be fantastic.
There’s a long season ahead and it’s just one game, but Kyler Murray was in the house. Baker Mayfield is still looming large of the program. The Oklahoma offense was supposed to explode against a highly-suspect Houston defense, and if it didn’t it sure as shoot wasn’t going to be Lincoln Riley’s fault.
To add even more to what Hurts was able to do, this was the only game in town. The NFL wasn’t rolling yet, baseball is baseball, and Novak Djokovic was out with a shoulder problem – if you’re into that US Open sort of thing.
It’s not like the world was tuning in to see Houston on a Sunday night.
Hurts was in total command from the start, completing 20-of-23 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns, and running 16 times for 176 yards and three scores in the 49-31 win that was even more dominant than the final score.
It’s just the beginning, and he’ll be expected to do that every time out, but if he’s able to put up the numbers in the system and be the ultimate leader and handle the ridiculous expectations of being the one who followed that guy and that other guy, that’s how Heismans are won.