Both have thick country drawls, both have winning smiles and both have fanbases that will run through walls to prove they're the most dedicated in country music. This Round 1 matchup between Luke Bryan and Scotty McCreery is one that's sure to leave the field torn up and the goalposts pulled down -- figuratively, of course.

Bryan had a breakthrough year in 2012, with four Top 5 hits and a Platinum record that led to a CMA nomination. The Georgia-born singer seems on the cusp of becoming the next major headliner, and he'd be the first to admit he has his swelling fanbase to thank. Will his fans join him in battling the 'American Idol' winner?

They'll have to come on strong, because McCreerians always answer the call when their favorite college student needs them. A Brad Paisley Tour, a Platinum and a Gold record are amongst McCreery's accomplishments in the last 18 months. Will all that hardware (plus an ACM for Best New Artist) slow him down, or push him through to the week's end in an effort to advance to round No. 2.?

Voting for all Round 1 matchups will end on Jan. 13 at 11:59PM ET. You may vote for either Team Luke or Team Scotty once every hour until then. The winner of the 2013 Taste of Country Bowl will be the artist and fans who work together to top the competition each week until the Feb. 4 trophy presentation.