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College Sports: What could make Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray choose going pro in football over baseball?

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” answers your questions in his weekly reader mailbag. Here are some highlights:

Does a projection outside of the NFL draft’s first round still make pro football more worthwhile than pro baseball for Kyler Murray? Does he need to feel confident he’s a first-rounder?

Cowlishaw: Needs to be a first rounder in my mind. If he believes he will go in top 32, more money in it for him the next 6-7 years than in baseball. If he simply loves baseball more (doubtful) or wants to play baseball because of the health concerns (possible but maybe not as great a worry as some think), then he could go the other way. If scouts are convinced he is simply too short (I disagree), then it’s baseball for sure.

Likelier upset in your eyes: Oklahoma over Alabama, or Texas over Georgia?

Cowlishaw: Texas over Georgia is the likelier upset. I wouldn’t expect Kirby Smart’s team to mail it in, but you never know exactly what you will get from a team in a bowl game. For Texas, getting to the Sugar Bowl is huge. For Georgia, it’s a disappointment, given where the Bulldogs were in the third quarter of the SEC title game. Oklahoma can win but I think it’s a tall order for that Sooners’ defense to get off the field without allowing points on almost every possession.

What’s your take on this world of five-star quarterback recruits transferring left and right before they even become upperclassmen? And are you already picturing Georgia’s Justin Fields in Oklahoma gear?

Cowlishaw: No I am picturing Clemson’s Kelly Bryant in Mizzou gear. The other could happen. I just don’t think it’s as “left and right” as you say or an epidemic of any sorts, just like I don’t think it’s a big deal that a dozen players or so are sitting out of the 38 non-championship bowl games. Players have the right to transfer and they will go where they see opportunity. It’s college. Nothing wrong with that.

Regardless of their bowl and recruiting outcomes, which is in better shape heading into 2019: Texas, or Texas A&M?

Cowlishaw: Texas is in better shape simply because of the competition. The ESPN recruiting rankings had Texas and OU near the bottom of the top 10, but no one else from the Big 12 in the top 30. The Aggies had a great recruiting class no matter which site you check out, but so did Alabama and Georgia and Auburn and LSU. The competition in the Aggies’ convergence, especially their half of the conference, is simply fierce. But if I’m an Aggies fan, I’m excited about what Fisher did this week.

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