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October 5, 2012

California vs. Stanford, Aaron Rodgers vs. Andrew Luck

INDIANAPOLIS — California vs. Stanford. Aaron Rodgers vs. Andrew Luck. A Pac 10 Conference battle in the making. That's a relatively easy way to preview Sunday's interconference game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 
Cal's Rodgers, the experienced NFL veteran who already has one Super Bowl MVP award under his belt, going up against Stanford's Luck, a rookie who was the No. 1 pick in last spring's draft.
 
Their styles are somewhat comparable. Both are big, mobile, and athletic quarterbacks who possess unique passing skills. Both can confound defenses with their legs as much as their arms.
 
There are also major differences. Rodgers was forced to sit and bide his time behind Brett Favre for several seasons at Green Bay. Luck, on the other hand, was immediately handed the reins of the Indianapolis offense.
 
The Colts first-year starter, though, quickly rejects any talk trying to compare the two. He does, however, admit to being a fan of Rodgers.
 
 
“I think I’ve got a long way to go to be compared to Aaron Rodgers. He’s definitely someone that I enjoy watching. His command over the offense, when a guy looks covered, Aaron’s always done a great job with back shoulder throws," Luck pointed out recently.
 
 
 
"When a tight end is running down the middle, putting it in the right spot or the only spot that it could be caught, and often times it is. It is a lot of fun to watch him play, watch him make plays with his feet as well. He’s a great quarterback."
 
 
 
Indianapolis interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians understands the comparisons, although he's not ready to go much farther than that.
 
 
 
“Very similar. Aaron’s very mobile, very accurate, got good velocity. Obviously he can handle a fast paced game or a slow paced game. I think they’re very similar in a lot of ways," Arians said.

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