K.J. Jefferson has been one of the best quarterbacks in recent Arkansas history, but he has decided to play his final season elsewhere. And his destination will be worth tracking for college football betting sites customers, so we decided to offer our own K.J. Jefferson transfer odds.
The transfer portal has transformed college football in the past few years, with the fortunes of many programs rising and falling rapidly as they not only recruit high school players, but acquire (or lose) players with college experience as well.
Jefferson is just the latest example. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound quarterback has been the starter for the past three seasons in Fayetteville, including a career-best 9-4 campaign in 2021. But Arkansas has regressed since and didn’t qualify for a bowl in 2023.
This week, it was reported in various outlets that Jefferson would go elsewhere for his sixth and final college season (all athletes got an extra season because of COVID-19 and Jefferson saw limited duty in his first two years). Folks who like to wager on college football as their legal online sports betting play will want to monitor where Jefferson goes next.
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Team Pct. Chance Odds
South Carolina 28.6% +250
Mississippi State 18.2% +450
TCU 18.2% +450
Miami (Fla.) 10.0% +900
UCF 10.0% +900
Memphis 6.2% +1500
Other 6.2% +1500
K.J. Jefferson Statistics
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In the 2023 season, Jefferson passed for 2,107 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Over his career with the Razorbacks, he has 7,911 yards passing, 67 TDs and 18 INTs.
He has also been a threat with his legs for Arkansas. Jefferson ran for 447 yards and two scores this season but he had been even more productive as a runner in his previous two seasons. For 2021 and ’22 combined, he had 1,304 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jefferson’s numbers took a dip in 2023 as Arkansas struggled to a 4-8 record; he didn’t have a single 300-yard passing game or 100-yard rushing game in 2023. For his career he has thrown for 300-plus yards five times, with his career high a 385-yard effort against Missouri State in 2022, and he has rushed for 100-plus yards in a game three times.
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Who Are Top Contenders For Jefferson?
We rate one of Arkansas’ fellow SEC programs as the most likely destination for Jefferson.
South Carolina, coming off of a 5-7 season in 2023, has +250 odds, or a 28.6% implied probability, to land the big, mobile quarterback. The Gamecocks had a transfer quarterback the past two seasons with former Oklahoma signal-caller Spencer Rattler.
Another SEC rival, Mississippi State, is tied for second on our board along with TCU, both at +450 odds (or 18.2% implied probability). Two Florida schools are next on the list as Miami and UCF both are at +900 (10%). Memphis rounds out our group of contenders at 6.2% (+1500 odds) with the chances of any other outcome also getting the same number.
As for the impending College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1, DraftKings Sportsbook has Michigan as a 1.5-point favorite against Alabama on the Rose Bowl and Texas as a 4-point favorite over Washington in the Sugar Bowl. The winners will meet for the national title on Jan. 8 in Houston.
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Jim Tomlin has more than 30 years of experience in sports journalism as an editor and writer and now lends his sports and gambling expertise to US Betting Report among other websites. He has covered pro and college sports from football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, motorsports and more for publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, SaturdayDownSouth.com, SaturdayTradition.com and FanRag Sports.