McElroy, Jefferson directing title contenders

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Greg McElroy and LSU's Jordan Jefferson have successfully guided their teams into national and Southeastern Conference title contention.

The two first-year starting quarterbacks can further win over fans with a victory Saturday, when the third-ranked Crimson Tide host the ninth-ranked Tigers.

Both have had their struggles this season. McElroy hasn't reached 150 yards passing in any of the last four games or thrown for a touchdown in the last three.

Jefferson has completed two-thirds of his passes over the last two games since being held to less than 100 yards in a loss to Florida.

Both have talented supporting casts to go with the scrutiny given their teams' pressure-packed positions.

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