By Jemele Hill
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The quarterbacks in Monday's national championship game have been dissected and discussed ad nauseam. And while we've broken down everything from their decision-making to their execution, we have yet to illuminate the truly important differences between Chris Leak and Troy Smith.

We won't bore you with any more in-depth analysis. However, we feel it's important to note that a New York stripper gave one of the quarterbacks her personal seal of approval, and we've got evidence the other QB might be a droid. (Question: Is playing a droid an NCAA violation?)

Anyway, here's what you really need to know about the two QBs …

Troy Smith
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Can't you let the man take his trophy on a plane?

Sounds like:

Smith: A man enjoying being The Man.
Leak: C-3PO
Edge: Smith

Biggest stiff-arm:

Smith: Airport security wouldn't let him carry his Heisman on the plane. He had to ship it home.
Leak: Florida fans booed him during a home game against Kentucky.
Edge: Leak

Will be a good pro because:

Smith: A stripper from New York City's famous Scores strip club -- where Smith celebrated his Heisman win -- told the New York Post's Page Six that Smith is "a natural leader." Who needs the Wonderlic when you've got an endorsement from Kendall?
Leak: He knows what it's like to produce and not be appreciated for it.
Edge: Smith

Words that frighten them:

Smith: NCAA investigation
Leak: Tim Tebow
Edge: Leak

Best thing he said in Arizona:

Smith: Broke down the art of the In-N-Out Burger as if he were Jules from "Pulp Fiction": "The lettuce and tomatoes are extremely fresh. And they toast the buns. That's key. They use a special kind of sauce, too."
Leak: "Hi. My name is Chris Leak. I am a quarterback for the University of Florida. Message repeat. Hi. My name is Chris Leak. I am a quarterback for the University of Florida. Message repeat …"
Edge: Smith

Chris Leak (12)
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If Florida finds a way to beat Ohio State, Leak's profile will be much bigger.

Defining moment:

Smith: Not following the Maurice Clarett career plan.
Leak: During his senior year of high school, he spent his savings to visit Gainesville to study Florida's playbook and get game film. Cabo couldn't compete.
Edge: Smith

How he spent his college nights:

Smith: What happens in Columbus stays in Columbus.
Leak: Practicing plays in his apartment with teammates/roommates Skyler Thornton and Andre Caldwell freshman year.
Edge: Smith

Best spoils:

Smith: His hometown, Cleveland, honored him with Troy Smith Day.
Leak: Holds every significant Florida passing record.
Edge: Smith

Star Wars name:

Smith: Trosmi Smicle
Leak: Chrle Lecha
Edge: Smith

How he'll celebrate winning the national title:

Smith: Lap dances and burgers
Leak: Pinot Grigio and game film
Edge: Smith

WINNER: Troy Smith. He's no robot.

Jemele Hill, a Page 2 columnist and writer for ESPN the Magazine, can be reached at jemeleespn@gmail.com.




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