QB Battle Highlights Auburn-Georgia

Auburn faces Georgia this Saturday in a game highlighted by the two starting quarterbacks.

Auburn, Ala.--The 117th meeting between the No. 7 Auburn Tigers (9-1, 5-1) and the 25th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2) will feature a pair of quarterbacks that have taken different paths to success in their careers. A four-year starter for the Bulldogs, Aaron Murray is the SEC's all-time leading passer and one of the most experienced signal-callers in league history with 50 career starts.

A heady player that has the ability to pick a defense apart, but also make plays with his legs, Murray has dealt Auburn fits in his first three games against the Tigers. With 12,568 career passing yards and 115 touchdowns with 39 interceptions, Murray has 34 wins as a starter in his career.

Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn said when it comes to this week's game he's definitely a player the Tigers are focused on.

"He is extremely talented," Malzahn said. "He has great experience. He has been in big games and knows how to handle pressure. It is all of the above. He is mobile enough to where he can hurt you with his feet, too."

A first-year starter for the Tigers, Marshall has nine starts under his belt but has improved each and every game along the way for the Tigers. Coming off a 214-yard performance last week against Tennessee and second on the team in rushing with 734 yards while throwing for 1,301 yards and eight touchdowns, Marshall will have a different challenge this week against a Georgia defense that he's very familiar with after once lining up at cornerback for the Bulldogs before transferring out of Athens following his freshman season.

That familiarity will make for an interesting week for Marshall as he faces off against his old teammates and coaches. Malzahn said while he's obviously going to be pumped up, he expects his quarterback to be ready to play and be focused on Saturday.

"He is familiar with them, there is no doubt," Malzahn said. "If he holds true to past experience this year, he doesn't get too high or too low. There isn't too much that rattles him. He stays pretty calm no matter what the moment."

Ranked seventh in the current BCS standings and with plenty to play for against Georgia and Alabama, it would be easy for Marshall and the Tigers to get caught up in the moment. That's not something Malzahn buys into however. Preaching day-to-day focus for his program, Malzahn said it's another big game this week for his team playing in the SEC.

"Sunday was just about like it had been the rest of the weeks," Malzahn said. "Our guys have been even-keel. They just approach it like next week. Our guys know it's a big game, but at this point in the season, just like last week, they're all big games. I think that's been one of the things that has allowed these guys to be successful. They're just taking one week at a time. The outside distractions have not bothered them. They know we've got to play well each week at this point in the season."

Kickoff for Auburn-Georgia is set for 2:30 p.m. and can be seen on CBS.


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