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Potential landing spots for former Ohio State QB Kyle McCord in transfer portal

The Buckeyes QB is entering the portal after leading the team to an 11-1 record this season. We go over which schools make the most sense for 2024.

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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord announced his intention to enter the transfer portal on Monday. McCord has been with the Buckeyes for three years and was named the starter for the 2023 season. He led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record, but failed to win The Game against Michigan.

McCord finished the season with over 3,100 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He is not a particular threat on his feet and did not score a rushing TD in 2023. Here are some potential landing spots for the QB, who has two years of eligibility remaining.


The Hawkeyes could turn into a much more desirable destination with the departure of offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz in the upcoming offseason. Iowa went 10-2 and won the Big Ten West this season. However, with the changes coming to the conference, Iowa may struggle to remain competitive in the grand scheme of things. McCord could help this relevancy, but could also be scared off by the job of turning around Iowa’s dismal offense.


The Ducks are losing Bo Nix to the NFL Draft, and McCord wouldn’t be the first quarterback who came to Eugene from a high-profile university after that university’s fanbase drove him out in disappointment. During Nix’s career at Auburn, few could have predicted how successful he would be at Oregon. Perhaps McCord can take the same path under Dan Lanning.

Michigan State

The Spartans are a bit of a risky landing spot among the changes coming to the Big Ten as well as to the school itself. Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith recently accepted the head coaching job at MSU after Mel Tucker was fired, and Smith’s presence could be a draw here. The Spartans are in need of a full overhaul next season, and will be looking for an experienced QB to lead that journey.


The Hurricanes are losing Tyler Van Dyke this offseason, and McCord could be an interesting fit there. He won a lot of games at OSU, which will count in his favor, and could turn into a different type of QB at Miami under Mario Cristobal.