The problem with a two-quarterback system isn't always the in-game performances but the attention it draws off the field when things don't go right. Prior to Week 1, the media had a field day with BYU’s choice to play two signal callers, sighting that historically it rarely works – which to a certain degree is true. But after the Cougars beat Washington in the season opener and both Jake Heaps and Riley Nelson performed well, critics were for the time silenced. But after last week's loss to Air Force in which both Heaps and Nelson struggled, the newswire was littered with recommendations to pick a true starter.
The reality is it was the first road game for two inexperienced quarterbacks. And the reason for using the tandem, especially early in the season, was likely that neither was ready to be a full-time starter – something teams throughout the country must deal with. Lost in last weekend's lackluster offensive performance, however, was an absolute defensive meltdown. Air Force racked up 409 yards on the ground and was 10-of-19 on third down conversions. According to head coach Bronco Mendenhall, “there’s a lot to be reviewed"
as the team prepares for this weekend's game at Florida State. That may include reevaluating the quarterback situation but it should also include how BYU plans to stop a Seminole offense that put up 54 in Provo last year.