- New Mexico decides to use HealthCare.gov for 2015
- Satanists to use Hobby Lobby rule to skirt state abortion laws
- White House: No choice but to act now on climate change
- HHS: ‘Donut hole’ reforms saved Medicare enrollees $11.5 billion since 2010
- Boston-area tornado rips 100 homes: ‘Are we in Kansas?’
- Rush Limbaugh: ‘There is no journalism anymore’
- Scott Brown struggles for political traction in New Hampshire Senate race
- California’s Jerry Brown cites God, ‘religious call’ to embrace illegals
- Hamid Karzai’s cousin killed by suicide bomber at Eid al-Fitr party
- Obama thanks Muslims for ‘building the very fabric of our nation’
For starters, 4 Big 12 teams still not naming QB
Question of the Day
For starters, four Big 12 teams haven’t even revealed who their No. 1 quarterback will be with only a few practices left before the season openers.
TCU coach Gary Patterson will let everybody find out who starts for the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs when either Casey Pachall or Trevone Boykin run out on the field against 12th-ranked LSU on Saturday night. Both are expected to play.
“The difference with me is I think I can win with both of them in big games,” said Patterson, who certainly has to know who will start but isn’t saying.
Pachall is 15-2 as a starter, but played only four games last season before leaving school for a substance abuse program. Boykin then won three Big 12 road games.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy plans to play both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh, though isn’t saying who will take the first snap for the No. 13 Cowboys against Mississippi State in the other Big 12 vs. SEC matchup on the opening weekend.
“That’s really what I’ve said throughout the spring and it’s not changed,” Gundy said. “Both quarterbacks have improved from last season, both quarterbacks played fairly well in games last season, so they deserve to play. If there was separation where one was considerably better than the other, then we would play, or name him the starter.”
As for having more than one quarterback, Gundy was quick to point out, “last year there were times we had success with three of them.” Wes Lunt transferred to Illinois. Chelf and Walsh both threw for more than 1,500 yards with at least 13 touchdowns.
The quarterback job at West Virginia is down from three to Florida State transfer Clint Trickett or Paul Millard, who was Geno Smith’s backup the past two seasons. It had been three with redshirt freshman Ford Childress.
“They’ve kind of risen their game a little bit and they’re battling,” coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We had to kind of narrow it down. Once we did, Paul looked good, and we felt it warranted to keep the competition going.”
With expected starter Michael Brewer dealing with a back problem, new Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is down to two freshmen _ Davis Webb or walk-on Baker Mayfield _ to choose from for his head coaching debut at SMU on Friday night. Both could play.
While Waters was tabbed as the first Kansas State quarterback to play after the graduation of Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, Snyder said “in all likelihood” Daniel Sams will also play against North Dakota State on Friday.
Only No. 15 Texas with David Ash returns the same starter from all of last season.
“He’s more confident, he’s stronger, he’s got more experience,” coach Mack Brown said of Ash, who has started 18 of his 25 games. “The biggest difference, because of his confidence, he’s able to lead.”
Sam Richardson took over as Iowa State’s starter the last three games of his freshman season, when he had eight TDs and one interception. Bryce Petty, a fourth-year junior, has been the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and record-setting Nick Florence at Baylor.
- GOP Senate candidate: Obama needs to visit Central America
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake
- EPSTEIN: All IRS roads lead to the archivist
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia's gay marriage ban
- PRUDEN: When the hangman botches the job
- Romney would win popular vote in rematch against Obama: CNN poll
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq