Instead, the intrigue shifts to Lunt's availability, with TCU headed for Stillwater on Saturday.
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege just lit up the Horned Frogs for seven touchdown throws in a wild 56-53 triple-overtime win. Maybe that game film will provide some special healing powers for Lunt's ailing knee and ankle.
If Lunt still isn't quite ready to go, Chelf stands ready, just as he has in two seasons backing up Brandon Weeden and this season behind Lunt and Walsh.
It's always been his dream to be the Cowboys starting quarterback. And he's stayed patient within the concept that you never know when your time will come.
“I'm not going to give up on that,” Chelf said back in August, “until there's absolutely zero chance.”
The way this injury-marred season keeps spinning for the Cowboys, anything's possible.
“It's kind of the way it is,” Gundy said. “You can only control what you can control. For me as a coach, I just hate it for the player … it just tears you up inside.
“As a team, we're fine. We rally, other guys play and we keep rolling. But it's just a heartbreaker for the coach when you see a young man that's out for the year.”