For starters, 4 Big 12 teams still not naming QB

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“He’s been in every meeting, been in every game with us, so he’s seen it all,” Bears coach Art Briles said. “That’s all kind of filtered down to him through absorption, to where he’s got a feel for what should happen before it does. … We feel confident going into this week with Bryce at the helm.”

No. 16 Oklahoma is going with redshirt freshman Trevor Knight as the starter. Kansas, the only Big 12 team that doesn’t play the opening weekend, has BYU transfer Jake Heaps after he had to sit out last season.

The Sooners are replacing 50-game starter Landry Jones with a first-time starter over Blake Bell, the junior who has run for 24 career touchdowns in primarily short-yardage situations the past two seasons.

“Blake is continuing to work and compete and maybe, unlike some other years where we’ve given the bulk of the reps to one guy, we’ll be sure that Blake is continuing to get more reps in practice,” said coach Bob Stoops, who named his starter late last week. “Trevor’s handled it much like he has all camp. He’s always come to practice ready to work. They both have. … (Knight) has had to show consistency and ability this whole time. It’s a big body of work to evaluate.”

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