Oklahoma State Cowboys

Mike Gundy: It ‘Might be Difficult’ to Name a Starting QB Before Big 12 Play

Coming into the 2023 season, it was widely expected that Alan Bowman would be the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State, barring any unforeseen setbacks.

Fast forward to Week 3, and there still has been a starting quarterback named in Stillwater, and there may not be for some time.

In each of their first two games, the Cowboys have split reps between Bowman, Garret Rangel, and Gunnar Gundy, with each of them having a fair share of failures and successes. However, none of them have looked like “the guy” to this point, and that might be a problem once the competition steps up.


The Cowboys edged out Central Arkansas 27-13 in Week 1, and pulled away from Arkansas State late to win 27-15 on Saturday. This week, OSU will play host to South Alabama, a team that will provide the stiffest test of the season thus far despite their name implying a typical directional school cupcake.

OSU is currently just a 7.5-point favorite at home in this game, and their struggles at quarterback are certainly a factor in that line. So, when will Mike Gundy and the staff decide on a starter?

Well, according to Gundy, they’ll play it by ear going into this week, too.

Furthermore, Gundy said that naming a starter “might be difficult” to do by the start of Big 12 play, which begins for the Pokes next week when they travel to Iowa State.

There’s a legitimate quarterback controversy in Stillwater, and it’s not because they’ve got more than one option that fans are really excited about.

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