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What coaches really think about Jalen Hurts, LSU's offense and CFB's best team

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During the summer, we asked coaches to weigh in on several topics that seemed likely to become prominent when the games began.

Halfway through the 2019 season, we know more, and so do the coaches.

Here's a look at the questions we examined for our in-season edition of Coaches Confidential:

  1. What is contributing to Jalen Hurts' immediate success with Oklahoma's offense?

  2. How has LSU transformed its offense this season?

  3. What do you make of D'Eriq King's decision at Houston?

  4. Who are the best complete teams in a larger-than-expected field of national championship contenders?

We granted anonymity to the coaches so they could speak freely on these topics. Here's what they had to say:


Why Lincoln Riley and Jalen Hurts work so well

Before the season, coaches had strong but somewhat measured expectations for Hurts at Oklahoma. Hurts brought impeccable character and leadership credentials, and his athleticism also drew high marks. But questions lingered about his arm and accuracy, which didn't blow away SEC defensive coordinators during his time at Alabama.

Hurts is following two Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterbacks in Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, who completed 69% and 70.5% of their passes, respectively, the past two seasons. Through six games, Hurts' accuracy is excellent. He has completed 71.5% of his passes for 1,758 yards with 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions.