10/29/2011 02:22 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2011

Andrew Luck Vs. Matt Barkley: Stanford, USC Quarterbacks Battle In Pac 12 Football Game

There are two elite quarterbacks in the Pac 12.

One has passed for over 2,000 yards this season, drawing comparisons to John Elway. He is expected to be an elite NFL quarterback.

The other is Andrew Luck. Folks are pretty high on him, too.

Obscured by the hysteria generated by Luck's dominant season for Stanford is the stellar performance of another California-schooled quarterback, who is a tremendous player in his own right.

Although the drive from Palo Alto to Los Angeles may take about seven hours, the statistics indicate the difference in class between Luck and USC signal caller Matt Barkley isn't nearly that far.

While Barkley's talents haven't prompted fans of struggling NFL franchises to openly cheer for their team to lose in the hopes of getting to draft him (We have to admit, "Suck For Luck" does have a ring to it), there are still squads who would jump at the opportunity take the USC signal caller in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

On October 1st, Barkley broke the USC passing record with 468 yards against Arizona in a win at home. He'll likely need to conjure up a similarly brilliant performance in order to best Luck's Stanford squad on Saturday, who now have their hopes set on a national title.

For arguments sake we decided to see how the two quarterbacks measure up side-by-side based on their numbers. The results surprised us, and they may surprise you as well.