STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State's Tyler Russell and Alabama's A.J. McCarron are among the nation's most efficient and mistake-free quarterbacks.
Now they will face each other in a Southeastern Conference Western Division between the No. 13 Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0) and No. 1 Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0) on Saturday.
The two are remarkably similar.
Both look the part of a big-time college quarterback, standing about 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds. They're also productive, accurate and have the awareness to know when to throw the ball away or take a sack.
Russell has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 1,573 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception while McCarron is completing 68.8 percent of his throws for 1,476 yards, 16 touchdowns and no interceptions.
But Russell sees only one important shared trait: Both are winners.