College Confidential: QBs are the big topics at TCU, A&M

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TCU quarterback Casey Pachall, a senior, was benched in the second half of the season opener. Is this still his team?

Jimmy: Coach Gary Patterson says it is and he’s got the only vote that counts. Until he says otherwise, the offense remains in Casey’s hands.

Stefan: I think Pachall will remain the starter and get most of the reps unless he struggles. If he plays well, he’ll continue to be the guy and Boykin will remain an offensive weapon.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, was benched last week after his on-field antics drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a rebuke from coach Kevin Sumlin. What’s next for Johnny Football?

Jimmy: Based on the Aggies’ depth chart, he’ll start Saturday against Sam Houston State. Sumlin made it clear in Tuesday’s news conference that the two have talked and he does not anticipate similar emotional displays from Manziel in the future. Sumlin also expressed a desire to get more playing time for backups Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill in remaining nonconference games.

Stefan: I think we in the media have done a good job of overblowing Manziel’s perceived snub of Sumlin. I hope whatever is next for Johnny Football it doesn’t become another ESPN-made melodrama.

We’ve seen major shuffling this week in the AP poll, with Oregon, Florida State and Baylor climbing after big wins over lesser teams. Georgia and TCU fell six and four spots, respectively, after losses to quality opponents. Are these moves justified?

Jimmy: Sure. The first September poll should have the most ballot flexibility of the season because it’s the first time teams can be judged on production, not potential. As an AP voter, the key in September is to reward good performances without overreacting to wins in mismatches.

Stefan: I think you’re right. It’s early, big moves are expected. It’ll shake out appropriately after a few weeks.

After Monday’s sparkling debut, Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston told reporters he really wanted to play for Texas but the Longhorns did not pursue him. How will that news impact the remainder of the season in Austin?

Jimmy: It won’t mean much if Texas quarterback David Ash plays well. If he struggles, naysayers will pound coach Mack Brown about another elite QB who got away. Because Winston played high school football in Alabama, not Texas, this one should not be held against Brown to the same extent as recruiting whiffs on RG3 or Johnny Manziel. During the recruiting process, Brown said Texas coaches considered Winston a lock to sign with FSU or Alabama. He wound up at FSU.

Stefan: He doesn’t need my sympathy, but I kind of feel sorry for Mack. This storyline is a Brown-basher favorite but it’s unwarranted most of the time.

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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