It's almost Week 5. Does Fresno State know who its starting quarterback is?
Behind Door No. 1 is Brian Burrell, the longtime backup who appears to be the favorite of the coaching staff.
Behind Door No. 2 is Brandon Connette, the graduate transfer from Duke who appears to be the favorite of most fans and media.
The Bulldogs got the 56-16 blowout over Southern Utah at Bulldog Stadium they so desperately needed.
Whether any clarity emerged from a muddled quarterback picture remains to be seen.
For a while Saturday night, it looked like neither guy wanted the job. Then both did. It was all very confusing. Even more so when third-stinger Zack Greenlee entered late and threw an 81-yard touchdown pass.
Based on statistics and production, Burrell (13 of 20 for 145 yards and two touchdowns) helped his case more than Connette (5 of 11 for 51 yards and a touchdown). Especially after Connette reaggravated the hand injury he sustained two weeks ago against Utah.
Burrell got the start -- again -- and accomplished very little on his first three drives -- again. But he was just getting warmed up.
Connette entered on the Bulldogs' fourth possession and immediately sparked the offense. Just like he did against USC and Utah.
After that, though, things turned stale. Connette's timing was off and his passing accuracy became erratic. Perhaps the hand injury was to blame.
So when Fresno State took over with 1:44 left in the second quarter looking for a touchdown to pad a five-point lead, Burrell re-entered.
And wouldn't you know? Eight plays and 65 yards later, the Bulldogs were back in the end zone to take a 21-9 halftime lead.
Burrell directed another touchdown drive early in the third quarter, lowering his shoulder for key first downs. So maybe he's the victor.
Tough to tell. If we've learned anything from this competition, it's to not make assumptions.
As has become customary, Burrell and Connette split the practice reps nearly 50-50 this week.
Meaning once again Fresno State assured itself of having two quarterbacks halfway ready to play.
Against Southern Utah, no big deal. But it's hard to see how drawing out this saga any longer helps the Bulldogs in the weeks and games that follow.
If the goal is winning the Mountain West Conference, how either quarterback performed against an 0-4 FCS team shouldn't be the deciding factor.
By now, DeRuyter and offensive coordinator Dave Schramm should have ample data. They know what they have in Burrell and have seen enough of Connette.
Anoint one of them -- today wouldn't be too soon -- hand him the reins and give the other guy a headset.
For decisive coaches like DeRuyter and Schramm, there has been far too much hesitation. Pick a starting quarterback. Shout it from the rooftops. Then give him at least 75% of the practice reps with the first-team offense so he's as prepared as possible.
Connette, if healthy, would be my choice. But even if the Bulldogs brain trust prefers Burrell, they haven't done either guy any favors by keeping this turnstile spinning.
DeRuyter, naturally, doesn't agree. Especially about the indecisive part.
When we spoke Friday night during a prep game at Veterans Memorial Stadium (where DeRuyter and recruiting coordinator Pete Germano stood on the Edison side during the first half before switching to Clovis North's at halftime), he said it was more about neither guy winning the job. Neither guy establishing himself.
That may be true, but DeRuyter and Schramm are partially to blame. You can't expect the 10 other guys in the huddle to get behind a quarterback until the staff does the same thing.
The constant shuffling has created a situation where neither guy is allowed to get comfortable. Hard to settle in when you're constantly looking over your shoulder.
I thought DeRuyter made a mistake by starting Burrell against USC. The reason you bring in a guy like Connette is because he won't get nervous playing on the road in front of 80,000 people.
So what if Connette wasn't as familiar with the offense? Burrell may have a better grasp of the playbook, but he also looked nervous making his first college start in that setting.
By not naming a starter at the end of fall camp, DeRuyter and Schramm limited the effectiveness of both.
Time for that to end, even if neither has met their expectations.
DeRuyter is a movie guy, so let's give him a familiar analogy:
It's like that scene from "Kingdom of Heaven" where Orlando Bloom, with Jerusalem under siege, knights a group of common townsfolk and foot soldiers.
The bishop watches this with suspicion and asks, "Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?"
As one of them rises and we see the gleam in his eyes, Bloom delivers a one-word answer: "Yes."
The same holds true for quarterbacks. Tap one on the shoulder, and grant him the power to lead.
With conference play about to begin, whom DeRuyter and Schramm choose matters less than just making a choice.