You can say Wisconsin's quarterback battle is already settled, that reports have told the story, that a fake Twitter account furthered the trouble and that running back Melvin Gordon accidentally spilled the beans when speaking with reporters Monday.

Still, that didn't make Tuesday's media session with Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave -- their first since word leaked of McEvoy's ascension into the starting role -- any less awkward for the two quarterbacks.

Here they were, surrounded by reporters, having to pretend they were clueless as to the direction of the competition. McEvoy, in particular, seemed to enjoy playing coy, opting to cede any answers to offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.

"We're not sure who's playing upcoming this weekend," McEvoy said, drawing laughter from the assembled media. "I hope I'm in. That's a coach Lud answer. Whatever he wants us to do. I've got to be ready for if my number's called. I know if it's not called, Joel will be ready, too. He's been doing it for a while. He's a great quarterback, so whatever they ask."

Despite McEvoy's answer, when No. 14 Wisconsin opens its season Saturday night in Houston against No. 13 LSU, Stave is expected to find himself in an unfamiliar position. Not since a Sept. 5, 2012 game against Utah State has Stave been healthy enough to play and not been the starter. During that span, he won 13 of 19 starts and has thrown 455 passes.

Stave, at least, was a bit more open about the quarterback competition and acknowledged his new role on the team.