Our writers give their takes on the quarterback situations at OU and OSU:
Jason Kersey, OU beat writer
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops might use two quarterbacks again in 2013, and on paper, the system would seem like a perfect way to keep defenses off balance and keep both Blake Bell and Trevor Knight happy.
But football games aren't played on paper.
If Knight is anointed the Sooners' full-time starter, the Belldozer package could live on and continue to cause opponents fits in short-yardage situations. Or if Bell wins the job, Knight's athleticism would seemingly be perfect as a change-of-pace option.
But would Bell — once believed to be Landry Jones' unquestioned heir apparent — be OK with playing second fiddle to another quarterback after two years of situational-only action?
Bell has demonstrated nothing but grace and a team-first mentality throughout his time on campus, but it would be completely understandable if his enthusiasm for the Belldozer was diminished in a season he expected to take over the complete offense.
If both quarterbacks are fully on board, I see no reason not to take advantage of each of their strengths. But if that's not the case, such a system could cause unneeded problems.
Ryan Aber, OU beat writer
Using a two-quarterback system might very well be the right on-the-field move for the Sooners this year.
If the starter is Trevor Knight, Blake Bell adds exactly what he's added the past two years in the Belldozer. If it's Bell, Knight adds a speedier option back there as a change-of-pace. Even more, it would be the right move in the locker room.
The continuation of the Belldozer would keep Bell from a diminished role and Knight's elusiveness could turn the package into a different look, using it in other places on the field and not making it a given in the red zone.
A Knight package would help get the freshman some meaningful reps to keep him content while also utilizing his legs to add another dimension to what figures to be a strong ground game.
Gina Mizell, OSU beat writer
I tend to not be a fan of two-quarterback systems.
But Oklahoma State showed last season that, when handled correctly, it cannot only work, but work brilliantly.
The key, of course, is having the right players.
Right players when it comes to skill set, like the mobility and toughness J.W. Walsh can provide in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
And right players when it comes to attitude. Clint Chelf didn't gripe about coming off the field in a situation where he could have passed (or run) for a score, while Walsh has embraced his change-up role.
John Helsley, OSU beat writer
OSU's situation is unique, in that both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh are proven — and winning — Big 12 quarterbacks.
And each offers unique strengths, as well as common ones, like leadership and locker room respect. So why not get the best from both?
Chelf doesn't come across as the kind of kid who is burdened by ego. And Walsh has publicly said all the right things as a team player so far in his career. And he has two years to call his own after this season.
So Chelf and Walsh should be able to coexist, amid teammates already used to winning behind both.
Now that's a win-win situation.
Jenni Carlson, columnist
Not every quarterback conundrum is created equally. Situations and specifics vary, but with these Cowboys and Sooners, playing multiple quarterbacks will add another twist to their already high-powered offenses.
And with defensive questions for both teams, the offenses needs to score as much as possible.
OSU used multiple quarterbacks last season with great success — and not just when injuries forced the Cowboys' hand. Whether it was Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh or Clint Chelf and Walsh, the combos gave opponents fits. Lunt and Chelf could stretch the field with their arms while Walsh was a threat to run and pass.
OU had success with two quarterbacks a year ago, too. Sure, Landry Jones didn't like doing most of the work, then giving way to Blake Bell. But the results were spectacular.
No reason they won't be similarly fantastic this season.
Bell has a great arm and a power running game. Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson have good arms and speedy ground games.
When you've got multiple quarterbacks who can play — and who complement each other — no reason not to use them.