NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts was already considered one of the favorites to win this year’s Heisman Trophy entering Week 8. Once this weekend of college football wraps up, he might be well on his way to winning the award.There were a few question marks about how Hurts would perform in Lincoln Riley’s offense before the season began. Any doubt about the former Alabama quarterback has disappeared because of his production.Hurts struggled to take care of the football against Texas last weekend, but he’s bounced back in a big way this Saturday against West Virginia.It’s actually fair to say that Hurts is having a flawless game right now. He’s completed 11-of-11 pass attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback also has seven carries for 56 rushing yards and a touchdown.Hurts’ performance this afternoon has Oklahoma in full control against West Virginia.Jalen Hurts is LOCKED IN 🔒🏈 11/11🏈 246 Total Yards🏈 3 Total Touchdowns pic.twitter.com/PMcQRX3Awo— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 19, 2019At this pace, Hurts could go for at least six total touchdowns this afternoon.It’ll be interesting to see how much longer Hurts can go without throwing an incomplete pass. The fact that he’s played almost the entire first half without one bad pass attempt is absurd.Oklahoma leads 28-7 over West Virginia in the second quarter.Fans can watch the rest of this Big 12 matchup on FOX.
Former Manchester City star Vincent Kompany has named Virgil van Dijk as the best centre-back he’s seen in the Premier League ahead of the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018, becoming the world’s most expensive defender at the time in the process.He has since helped establish the Reds backline as one of the best in the world, helping guide the team to a Champions League final win over Tottenham in June. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream And while there have been players that have dominated for longer periods of time, Kompany says there are none that have changed a team quite like Van Dijk who, for Kompany’s money, is the best centre-back the league has ever seen.”I would bring it back to Virgil van Dijk, he’s not been on the scene as long as Terry, Ferdinand who have been around for a long time but the signs he’s shown in the last few years,” Kompany said ahead of his testimonial with Manchester City.”He’s shown if he had been around longer he’d have been at the top for a long time. The Liverpool before Van Dijk and after are a completely different setup. I’ll give him that one.”Van Dijk has made a total of 78 appearances for Liverpool, having scored eight goals during his time at Anfield.In 2018-19, Van Dijk’s first full season with the club, Liverpool conceded just 22 goals, the best in the Premier League, having conceded 46 and 42 in the two years prior.The Dutch defender’s performances have earned him recognition in the form of a number of awards, having been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi last month.Van Dijk is also expected to battle the Juventus star and Barcelona legend for this year’s Ballon d’Or, with the Liverpool defender listed as the favourite for the time being.This season, Liverpool have conceded just three goals in four matches to start the Premier League season, with Van Dijk featuring in all four of those matches.Next up for the Reds is a match against Newcastle this Saturday following the conclusion of the international break, which has seen Van Dijk’s Netherlands team beat Germany and Estonia.After that, Liverpool will then focus on the Champions League as the club looks to start their title defence against Napoli.