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USC, TCU, South Carolina to use 2 QBs

Connor Shaw of the South Carolina Gamecocks throws

Connor Shaw of the South Carolina Gamecocks throws the ball against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. (Oct. 13, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

The two quarterback scenario. Does it work? It doesn't in the NFL. It’s another story in college football. Several teams will employ the two signal-caller offense this weekend. And we’re not talking about any fringe programs. South Carolina, USC and TCU will have more than one quarterback taking snaps this weekend.

South Carolina: Connor Shaw (1,650 yds, 16 TDs) will start for the Gamecocks against North Carolina on Thursday night, but Dylan Thompson (1,160 yds, 11 TDs) will also get significant playing time. With depth at the skill positions and Steve Spurrier running things, the Gamecocks can win with either player under center.

Spurrier has said that Shaw is the starter. But Thompson will see his share of snaps, too. After last season’s 11-2 finish and win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl, Spurrier has a good problem.

TCU: Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson has two quarterbacks to choose from. Although most believe Casey Pachall will eventually be named the starter, there is a chance Patterson could go with Trevone Boykin against LSU in its opener on Saturday night. He may actually go with both. Yes, both.

“They all know I don’t need to say anything,” Patterson told the Associated Press. “It’s one of those things. I think they both have confidence in both guys. Both showed they can win. Both have different characteristics.”

The contest will be close. Pachall is 15-2 as the Horned Frogs starter, while Boykin threw for 2,054 yards and 15 scores as a freshman.

USC: Trojans coach Lane Kiffin has also toyed with the idea of using two quarterbacks. But in his case it could be out of necessity because apparently neither player has outplayed the other. The competition is between Max Wittek and Cody Kessler. Kififn told the L.A. Times that “we anticipate” playing both quarterbacks in Thursday’s opener at Hawaii.

"We look at it as a great thing," he told the Times. "We've got two guys that we feel great about. We don't feel like we have to limit our offense with either one.”