If a decision has been made on who will start at quarterback for Penn State in its opening game, Bill O'Brien isn't saying.
"The first Penn State offensive series the starting quarterback is going to go out and both guys need to be ready to play," the second-year coach said Tuesday. "That's as much as you're going to get out of me today on this subject."
West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen is taking a similar approach. Same goes for Lane Kiffin at USC and a few other coaches.
A couple days before the college football season begins, some coaches have decided it's best not to decide on a starting quarterback — at least not publicly. They'll head into the opening weekend with their starters still a mystery and/or with plans to play multiple QBs.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has said he'll use two signal callers against Mississippi State after the preseason competition between Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh ended in a draw. Both look like good options. Each played extensively last season, passed for more than 1,500 yards and completed more than 60 percent of his passes. Gundy won't say who'll take the first snap.
Not every coach is so fortunate.
Here are six teams planning to unveil their starting quarterback during Game 1.
1) Penn State. O'Brien is choosing between two players who have never thrown a college pass. Sophomore Tyler Ferguson has had a full season of junior college experience and spring ball, but highly touted freshman Christian Hackenberg showed up in August and the race has been neck-and-neck since. O'Brien has said he'd like to settle on one and be done with it. The Nittany Lions open with Syracuse, so he probably won't have time to experiment.
2) Syracuse. Speaking of the Orange, they also have an OR listed on the depth chart at quarterback. Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen or sophomore Terrell Hunt will start against Penn State at MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets. Allen didn't arrive until August, giving Hunt a huge head start. But Allen has the talent advantage and the conventional wisdom is that the job will be his.
3) West Virginia. Holgorsen, trying to replace Geno Smith, has narrowed it down to Florida State transfer Clint Trickett and fellow junior Paul Millard. Millard backed up Smith last season but threw only 19 passes. Trickett has more game experience. Millard is more experienced in Holgorsen's up-tempo spread. With the Mountaineers opening against William & Mary, expect auditions to continue.