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Four of nation's top 10 QB battles in Big 12

Colleague Travis Haney counted up his 10 best undecided quarterback situations across college football earlier today, and as you might expect, four hailed from Big 12 country.

Consider these ranked by quality, which is why Oklahoma State led the Big 12 at No. 2. The starter this time last year, Wes Lunt, has transferred to Illinois, but there's plenty of intrigue left behind in Stillwater. Clint Chelf will almost assuredly take the first snaps for Oklahoma State against Mississippi State in Houston, but the big question left is how much J.W. Walsh will play?

Will he be limited to a short-yardage package around the goal line, or is OSU planning something more intriguing for the opener? Either way, coach Mike Gundy says he's not saying anything until after that game.

K-State has no idea who its starter will be yet, and both looked capable of being great players during the spring game, the only real glimpse we've gotten of Jake Waters and Daniel Sams running the full offense. The bad news for the rest of the Big 12: Snyder's offenses are best when they're run by a mobile quarterback. Both Waters and Sams can move, though Sams has better straightaway speed.

The other big question mark at quarterback is underway in Morgantown, W. Va., but will heat up during the fall thanks to Florida State's Clint Trickett transferring into an already competitive race between Paul Millard and Ford Childress. Filling Geno Smith's role isn't easy, but Haney noted that a source close to the program indicated that Millard and Trickett, the only two quarterbacks with game experience, are ahead in the race.

Childress has a lot of potential, but it sounds like he'll have to make a big impact in the first couple weeks of fall camp to win the job.

Oklahoma wraps up the Big 12's spots at No. 8. Haney's still holding out hope that Trevor Knight's strong performance during bowl practice and Bob Stoops' insistence during media days that the job isn't yet Blake Bell's could hold some preseason camp intrigue.

I don't quite buy that, but with the Sooners relying more on Bell, his duties in the Belldozer are surely going to be scaled back a bit. I'm curious to see what happens behind him if the Sooners want to institute a short-yardage package with Knight or Kendal Thompson.