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Lincoln Riley Won’t Publicly Commit to a Starting Quarterback Against TCU

NCAA Football: Big 12 Championship-Baylor vs Oklahoma

The quarterback position in Norman, Oklahoma is the most-talked about quarterback position in college football right now.

Spencer Rattler entered the season as the Heisman Trophy favorite, but his fall from grace culminated on Saturday against Texas, when after a second turnover he was replaced by Caleb Williams, who led Oklahoma to the largest comeback in Red River Rivalry history.

So now the question is: What will Lincoln Riley do on Saturday against TCU?

Riley addressed it with the media on Monday morning, saying in part, “I’ll continue to evaluate these guys as they practice and go with who helps us the most … Certainly had contributions from both of them last week to help us win … We have 2 guys in that room, they’re really good players, we can win with.”


Riley also said he doesn’t know if he will name a started publicly before taking on the Horned Frogs this weekend.

While Spencer Rattler certainly may still get playing time moving forward, how can Lincoln Riley not start Williams next week against TCU? The dude just led the biggest comeback in Red River Rivalry history. There will be some growing pains with any true freshman, but I don’t see how, or why, Lincoln Riley would want to go in any other direction than playing the hot hand. Also, we have a large body of work with Rattler this season, five games, in which he hasn’t played up to expectations.

It’s Caleb Williams job now. Lincoln Riley should not look back and move ahead with Williams.

So maybe this is gamesmanship from Lincoln Riley, to make Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs prepare for both guys. But when we get to kick off on Saturday night, Williams deserves the ball. Let’s see what Riley does.

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