Might Texas make a quarterback switch with the Oklahoma State Cowboys ready to hit Austin?
Don't count on it. But don't count it out, either.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown admits the sticky situation that is his quarterback position, with starter Garrett Gilbert coming off a five-interception performance in what has been a 4-5 start. Gilbert's 14 interceptions are a Big 12 high, by a big margin — five more than any other league quarterback.
In the wings is freshman Case McCoy, the younger brother of UT legend Colt McCoy. But is Case the real McCoy?
"Garrett gives you the best chance to win out because of the experience he's had," Brown told reporters on Monday. "He's shown the ability to win a game."
Brown's dilemma is twofold. Benching Gilbert would risk wrecking his psyche, when the UT coaches still believe he can be the quarterback of the future. And making a move to McCoy would essentially send a signal to the team's veterans that it's all about next year.
"There's a lot of real crucial decisions you have to make now," Brown said. "I have to watch real carefully how I make them and what I do with them because I do know that every player and coach is watching very closely."
The setback at Kansas State took a toll beyond the scoreboard.
Texas lost three starters, including cornerback Chykie Brown, who suffered a broken arm and is out for the season, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman.
Running back Tre Newton and left tackle Kyle Hix suffered head injuries and their status for Saturday's game against the Cowboys is unknown. In addition, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat's continued struggle with an ankle injury has resulted in his removal from the depth chart.
The 'Horns are hoping for the return of cornerback Aaron Williams, who suffered a concussion against Baylor and missed the K-State game.
WEEDEN ON THE RUN
In back-to-back games now, Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden has made plays with his feet. Against Baylor, he even had a 19-yard run and finished with more rushing yards than Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
Still, Weeden doesn't expect any move by offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to include a quarterback run-game package involving, say, some zone-read option.
"I don't think that's going to happen," Weeden said. "I try to get him to put in a quarterback draw, but he's not having it. He doesn't want me taking off unless I have to, which I had to (against Baylor). There was nobody out there.
"I'm faster than I look. I've got it in my bag of tricks when I need it."
Said OSU coach Mike Gundy: "I wouldn't necessarily say he was running around. But he did a nice job. And he does need to do more of that. But do I want him to slide? Do I want him to get down? You bet.
"But when we have the opportunity to get six, eight, 10 yards and convert a first down or score a touchdown or whatever it may be, those discussions have taken place of the last month.
"In fact a week or two ago, I said, 'Brandon, I don't think you've even crossed the line of scrimmage.' I said, 'If it's there, you need to convert a first down every now and then.'"
The Cowboys keep rewriting historical references this season.
Beat Texas Tech in Lubbock for the first time since 1944? Check.
Beat Kansas State in Manhattan for the first time since 1988? Check.
Now OSU is favored to win in Austin for the first time since 1944. And Gundy is all for it, but doesn't find any motivation in erasing decades of struggle.
"It would be nice to wipe all those records off the board," Gundy said. "But it doesn't factor into the game. As much as you'd like to use it as motivation and think it's going to make the players practice harder and play harder, they have to practice because they have a purpose and a goal in mind to get better every day."