Kyle McCord Transfer Portal Destinations: Where Will Ohio State QB Go?

Kyle McCord Transfer Portal Destinations: Where Will Ohio State QB Go?
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There won’t be a shot at redemption against Michigan in 2024 as Ohio State junior quarterback Kyle McCord announced Monday morning his departure from Columbus and his intention to enter the transfer portal.

The third-year QB finally got his full-time shot at starting this season, completing 229-of-348 passes (65.8%) for 3,170 yards with 24 TDs and six interceptions, helping lead the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record, a No. 7 ranking and a New Year’s Six bowl appearance against No. 9 Missouri (10-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).

ESPN BET Ohio still lists the Buckeyes as a 2.5-point favorite over the Tigers. The game’s over-under is set at 48.5 points.

McCord, a Mount Laurel, New Jersey, native who played his high school ball at Philadelphia powerhouse St. Joseph’s Prep, will now have a new landing spot for 2024, but the question is where? On the first day of the winter transfer portal window opening, BetOhio.com posted probable odds on his next destination below:

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Kyle McCord Next Team Odds

TeamPercentage ChanceOdds
Miami (Fla.)12.5%+700
Mississippi State10.0%+900
Kentucky9.1%+1000
North Carolina9.1%+1000
Pittsburgh9.1%+1000
Nebraska9.1%+1000
Other36.4%+175
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Miami Tops List of Destinations

Three of the potential possibilities will be playing in the postseason, while three are already on the recruiting trail for next season.

Miami (Fla.) is the top choice (+700, 12.5% chance) on our list, while Mississippi State under new coach Jeff Lebby (+900, 10%) is second. Kentucky, North Carolina (with the potential loss of sophomore Drake Maye to the NFL Draft), Pittsburgh and Nebraska are all tied for third (+1000, 9.1%).

Miami faces Rutgers in the Pinestripe Bowl on Dec. 28. Ohio sports betting sites list the Hurricane as a 3.5-point favorite.

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel also entered the transfer portal Monday morning. The current college football transfer portal window lasts for 30 days and closes on Jan. 2, 2024, allowing players ample time to make their future decisions.

For those still in the playoff, the national semifinals take place Jan. 1. Caesars Sportsbook Ohio has Michigan as the championship favorite at +185, followed by Alabama at +200.

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