One will start, both will play. And when the season opener is over, No. 23 Florida probably will decide between the two.
The Gators would like to settle on one quarterback before traveling next week to Texas A&M for the Southeastern Conference opener, so coaches likely will choose between Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel after seeing them both play today against Bowling Green.
That's my gut feeling," first-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. "It depends how they play, I guess, and what they create."
The sophomores have battled for the starting job since spring practice — and coaches insist they're still neck-and-neck.
One will start, the other will play the second quarter and the Gators will decide at halftime how to proceed from there. That means the first half could be the final audition for Brissett and Driskel, one last pressure-filled chance in front of nearly 90,000 people at The Swamp to state their case for starting.
"This is our biggest opportunity and our biggest chance," Driskel said. "They're going to go with the guy who is going to give them the best chance for the rest of the season."
Pease credited Brissett and Driskel with making strides in the offseason, and said that playing both is the fair thing to do.
"I think it would be difficult to name a starter right now," Pease said. "What would you be telling the other kid? If they had separated each other, yeah. But they've both made major progress and done good things. We have a situation in a game where we can play them."
Each quarterback will get 15 minutes, maybe just a series or two, to show what he can do.
"At the end of the day, it's just going out and play football," Brissett said. "It's time to play. No more time for interviews and talk, just go out and have fun."
Although the quarterback race has gotten most of the attention the past six months, coach Will Muschamp is simply looking for a game manager, not a gun-slinger. The Gators want to be a run-first offense, with Mike Gillislee, Mack Brown and Armwood graduate Matt Jones handling much of the workload.
By all accounts, Brissett and Driskel have handled what could be an awkward situation pretty well.
Driskel was widely considered the nation's top quarterback. He was recruited by Urban Meyer to run the spread offense in Gainesville, a la 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Shortly after Muschamp replaced Meyer, he landed Brissett — another of the country's top prep QBs.
Pease said Brissett needs to work on his pocket presence.
"He's got a strong arm. He can flick it," Pease said. "And, hey, if it's not there, you better pull it down and go. You know, make a quick decision and go vertical."
What about Driskel?
"Really, with him, because he's not afraid to run, really protecting himself on the move," Pease said. "Sometimes he thinks he's a fullback in there or sliding into second."