Ohio St. QB McCord, Oklahoma QB Gabriel entering transfer portal

Ohio St. QB McCord, Oklahoma QB Gabriel entering transfer portal

Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord and Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel are both entering the transfer portal.

Therefore, the Buckeyes will be going with a backup signal caller when they take on Missouri in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. As of Monday morning, Ryan Day’s team was a 3.5-point favorite vs. the Tigers, who enjoyed a breakout 10-2 campaign in Year 4 of Eli Drinkwitz’s tenure.

In 12 starts this year, McCord completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 3,170 yards with a 24/7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Ohio St. went 11-1 straight up and 6-5-1 against the spread, with its lone defeat coming by a 30-24 score at Michigan in the regular-season finale.

Redshirt freshman QB Devin Brown will be the likely starter vs. Missouri. He played in five games this year, completing 12-of-22 throws (54.5%) for 197 yards and two TDs with one interception. Brown has 35 rushing yards and one TD.

Gabriel led the Sooners to a 10-2 SU record and an 8-4 ATS mark. In 12 games, he connected on 69.3 percent of his passes for 3,660 yards with a 30/6 TD-INT ratio. Gabriel also had 373 rushing yards, 12 TDs and a 4.0 yards-per-carry average.

In five seasons at UCF (2019-21) and OU (2022 & ’23), Gabriel has played in 50 career games. He has a 63.1 completion percentage, 14,865 passing yards, a 125/26 TD-INT ratio, 1,060 rushing yards, 26 rushing TDs and one TD reception.

Oklahoma is set to meet Arizona in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28. As of early Monday afternoon, most books had the Wildcats listed as three or 3.5-point favorites, but Circa had Jedd Fisch’s team at -4.

Gabriel and McCord join a talented group of QBs that have hit the portal. Other notable signal callers in the portal include Mississippi St.’s Will Rogers, Washington St.’s Cam Ward, Kansas St.’s Will Howard, Duke’s Riley Leonard, Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke, Oregon St.’s DJ Uiagalelei, Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall, Baylor’s Blake Shapen and Vanderbilt’s AJ Swann.