Last month, colleague Adam Rittenberg laid out his college football future quarterback power rankings, in other words, which programs are in the best shape for the next three seasons at the position in terms of current rosters and incoming recruits.
In turn, we debate which Big 12 program is in the best position at the most critical of positions for the next three years:
Take 1: Mitch Sherman -- Texas
Based on recent performance, I’m aware that this selection appears, well, questionable. But no school in the Big 12 -- not Oklahoma or Oklahoma State -- and few programs nationally boast a pair quarterbacks with a combined seven years of remaining eligibility like Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger.
Texas has recruited QB talent since Colt McCoy left Austin in 2010. Because of their inability to flourish, the Longhorns are playing for a third head coach in five seasons. Over the past seven seasons, Texas ranks eighth in the Big 12 in the following categories: points per game, third-down conversion rate, yards per passing attempt and QBR. They’re ninth first downs passing.
I could go on, but I won’t, because Tom Herman is going to change all of that. Herman may not push Texas back into contention for a national title -- maybe he will -- but he’ll fix the problems at quarterback.
Herman’s recent track record means more than what’s happened at Texas since 2010. While the Longhorns missed on QB prospects in their own state and struggled to develop all who played the position, Herman worked wonders with Texans J.T. Barrett and Greg Ward.
The QB resurgence starts with Buechele or Ehlinger, whomever wins the job between now and August. With two young, talented quarterbacks, a challenge looms to keep them happy -- and enrolled. Yes, Texas may lose one of its young QBs, especially if Ehlinger, a Herman recruit, wins the job over the incumbent Buechele.
Alas, an abundance of talent exists to recruit. With Herman in charge, look for Texas to quickly correct the wayward trajectory of its quarterback performance.
Take 2: Jake Trotter -- Oklahoma
I have to strongly disagree with Mitch. Buechele flashed some potential before fading down the stretch last year. And while Ehlinger seems to be a terrific prospect, he's never taken a college snap.
The three-year ranking includes the 2017 season. And Oklahoma is in far better shape at QB for 2017. And for beyond.
Baker Mayfield is 17-1 as Oklahoma's starter in Big 12 play. He just broke the FBS passing efficiency record. And twice he's finished in the top five of the Heisman voting. The Sooners will have a massive advantage at quarterback when these two teams meet in October.
And down the line, as well.
Waiting in the wings in Norman is Kyler Murray, who just two years ago was the No. 1 dual-threat QB recruit in the country. Murray had his struggles at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma. But he's still immensely talented.
The Sooners, however, won't just be reliant on Murray. Austin Kendall is a former ESPN 300 signee who backed up Mayfield as a true freshman last season. Both he and Murray will have the benefit of another season in Lincoln Riley's system before they'll have to compete for the starting job.
Yet, that isn't all. Beyond Mayfield, Murray and Kendall, the Sooners just signed another ESPN 300 QB in Chris Robison. And they have a commitment from California native and ESPN 300 Jr. passer Cameron Rising.
As Rittenberg wrote, Oklahoma is as loaded at QB moving forward as anyone in the country. And more loaded than anyone in the Big 12, including Texas.