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Aaron Murray vs. AJ McCarron

This week it's UGA vs. Alabama for the SEC Championship, and the game could easily come down to the passing performance of the quarterbacks. This post is for comparing the two field generals of both teams. A closer look reveals a tight contest between the two. From cfbstats.com. All rankings are out of 100 qualified players.

Passing Efficiency:

-- Aaron Murray: 177.15. 1st in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 176.25. 2nd in FBS

Yards Per Game:

-- Aaron Murray: 266.8. 27th in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 208.9. 69th in FBS

Yards:

-- Aaron Murray: 3,201. 23rd in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 2,507. 55th in FBS

Completion %:

-- Aaron Murray: 66.6%. 18th in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 67.2%. 15th in FBS

Touchdowns:

-- Aaron Murray: 30. 10th in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 25. 20th in FBS

Interceptions:

-- Aaron Murray: 7. 57th in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 2. 7th in FBS

Yards Per Attempt:

-- Aaron Murray: 10.0. 1st in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 9.5. 2nd in FBS

Attempts per Game:

-- Aaron Murray: 26.7. 75th in FBS

-- AJ McCarron: 22.1. 99th in FBS

Overall, Murray is better than McCarron in all but 2 of the categories listed above. Plus, Murray has a beautiful list of accomplishments to add:

-- 1st SEC QB with at least 3,000 passing yards in 3 consecutive seasons.

-- T-2nd with Peyton Manning in total TD passes with 89. And he's only a junior.

-- Top QB rating in the FBS.

-- Most TD passes by any UGA QB.

Murray looks favorable so far, however when we look at each player's performance against ranked teams (AP), the tide changes (no pun intended):

-- Aaron Murray: 2 games // 41.8 Completion % // 259 yards // 4.7 yards per attempt // 1 TD // 4 INT // 72.83 rating // 129.5 yards per game

-- AJ McCarron: 3 games // 56.1 Completion % // 673 yards // 8.2 yards per attempt // 4 TD // 2 INT // 136.26 rating // 224.3 yards per game

So who do you think is better? Who will perform better in the SEC Championship game?

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