Two QB competitions headline OSU week

Here’s an odd scenario for you…

When Iowa State and Oklahoma State meet up this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (on Fox Sports Net), there is a very real possibility that fans in attendance won’t know either starting quarterback until game time. 

After Iowa State’s 71-7 loss to Baylor on Saturday night, Cyclone head coach Paul Rhoads hinted at a quarterback competition between Sam Richardson and Grant Rohach to the Ames Tribune.  

On Sunday night, Oklahoma State beat writer (for The Oklahoman) Gina Mizell tweeted the following:

Gina Mizell ‏@ginamizell3h Mike Gundy says on Sunday media conference call that he will not publicly name a starting QB before Iowa State game. #OKState

After Oklahoma State’s 24-10 win over TCU on Saturday, one would think that senior Clint Chelf would be the clubhouse leader to earn the start against the Cyclones. In relief of J.W. Walsh, Chelf threw for 178 yards in rout to the victory. But was hardly dynamic, completing only 10-of-25 passes while throwing a pick along the way. Walsh himself threw two first half interceptions and got yanked by Gundy, who said afterwards that his team needed a "spark."

Here’s the scenario for Oklahoma State week:

The Cyclones are searching for a quarterback. The Cowboys are searching for a quarterback.

The whole world is searching for a quarterback! 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.