A friend of ours was attending a social event this week when some of the young ladies in attendance began debating who was better looking: Clemson University quarterback Cole Stoudt or University of South Carolina signal-caller Dylan Thompson.

We were tempted to run a poll on that very subject – but then we were forwarded one of the websites these ladies were perusing in pursuit of their elusive truth …

Written by Manhattan author/ editor Kenneth Walsh, “Kenneth in the 212” is focused on the author’s gay man crushes … which include famous athletes.  And guess what … one of Walsh’s tipsters urged him to keep Stoudt “on your radar screen.”

“I know he will not replace (New York Jets’ wide receiver) Eric Decker in your football list, but something new for you,” the tipster wrote.

“Indeed!” Walsh wrote back, posting several fetching pictures of the Clemson quarterback (and one of his father, former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt). “He’s definitely a chip off the old block.”

Hello, Tiger!  Oh you sailor, you!

“I bet that dude in New York has no idea that in South Carolina, college football is a blood sport and a religion,” our source said.  “Grown women arguing at a happy hour cocktail party over whose quarterback is the better looking.”

Exactly … the only question left is how Stoudt and Thompson “measure up” to Decker, who is reportedly … um … well, hung.  Or just “well hung.” No comma.

Anyway …

Thompson’s ninth-ranked Gamecocks open their 2014 season this evening against No. 20/21 Texas A&M at home.  Meanwhile Stoudt’s No. 16 Tigers travel to Athens, Georgia Saturday to take on the twelfth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.  The USC-Texas A&M game kicks off at 6:00 p.m. EDT on the new SEC Network, while Clemson-Georgia will be televised on ESPN with a 5:30 p.m. EDT kickoff.

UPDATE: For the record, Stoudt bulked up to 231 pounds this offseason.  We’re sure Walsh will give his thoughts on where the additional 26 pounds went, right? 

UPDATE II: Looks like Walsh has taken editorial notice of University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson, too.