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Joe Burrow of LSU Tigers the Heisman Trophy favorite, Kyler Murray says

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray knows a Heisman Trophy winner when he sees one.

And he thinks one quarterback has started to separate from the pack this season.

Murray, who won the coveted trophy last December, was asked Wednesday for his thoughts on this year's Heisman race, which still has about a month to be decided.

"Our guy [Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts] kind of took a hit with that loss," said Murray, a former Sooners star, of OU's 48-41 defeat at Kansas State on Oct. 26. "I think right now, if somebody had to win, it'd probably be Joe Burrow."

Burrow, who is second in the nation with 2,805 passing yards, leads ESPN's Heisman Watch with 47 points. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is second with 32 and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is third with 29. Hurts is fourth with 26.

Burrow leads LSU, which debuted second in the first College Football Playoff rankings despite being the AP's No. 1 team, into Tuscaloosa on Saturday to face Alabama, which is No. 3 in the CFP rankings and second in the AP Top 25.

Burrow has completed 78.8% of his passes and averages 10.8 yards per completion. He has thrown 30 touchdown passes against four interceptions while getting sacked 15 times.

Hurts, who transferred from Alabama and replaced Murray as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, has thrown for 2,469 yards with 21 touchdowns against three interceptions.