FORT WORTH, Texas (November 5, 2007) - The 2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Semifinalist Match-up for week 11 is a Big East brawl in Mountaineer country between two O'Brien Semifinalists. The Louisville Cardinals, led by Brian Brohm, will bring their high-throttle passing attack to face off against West Virginia and Pat White's dynamic running game.
Fans can vote once daily on The O'Brien's Web site in hopes of moving their pick to the final round; the Fan Vote will count as 5% in determining the Finalists and Winner. Voting on The O'Brien's Web site, www.DaveyOBrien.com, is a new component to the award's voting procedures for 2007.
These O'Brien Semifinalist contenders will highlight the nation's best quarterback battles this week.
Boeckman, Todd (Ohio State) vs. Illinois; Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. on ABC: The Ohio State junior quarterback has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game this season for the number one ranked Buckeyes; he will look to continue his dominance against Illinois.
Bradford, Sam (Oklahoma) vs. Baylor; Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. on FSN: The Sooners, fifth in the nation in the BCS, are allowing just 1 sack per game, their lowest ever. Bradford could see a tremendous day if the offensive line maintains its poise against the Bears.
Brennan, Colt (Hawai'i) vs. Fresno State; Nov. 10 at 10:05 p.m. on ESPN2: One of just three unbeaten teams left in the Football Bowl Subdivison, the Warriors will look to remain unbeaten and keep their BCS hopes alive as Brennan directs the nations most prolific scoring offense.
Carney, Shaun (Air Force) vs. Notre Dame; Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. on NBC: Air Force will look to make it two weeks in a row that the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will be toppled by a service academy football team. Carney has been impressive this season and will try to take advantage of the Notre Dame defense.
Carpenter, Rudy (Arizona State) vs. UCLA; Nov. 10 at 2:30 pm on ABC: The ninth-ranked Sun Devils will try to bounce back against UCLA after a tough defeat by Oregon with the guidance of Carpenter, who's known for engineering sensational offensive attacks.
Daniel, Chase (Missouri) vs. Texas A&M; Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. on FSN: Daniel delivered five touchdown passes this past week for sixth-ranked Missouri. The Tigers will continue their pursuit of a Big XII North title as they square off against an Aggie team hungry for a victory.
Harrell, Graham (Texas Tech) vs. Texas; Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. on ABC: Harrell became just the fifth quarterback in NCAA history to record back-to-back 4,000 passing yard seasons this past weekend against the Baylor Bears. He will guide the electric Red Raider offense against a tough Longhorn team that seems to peak in the fourth quarter each week.
Leonard, Corey* (Arkansas State) vs. Florida Atlantic; Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. on ASRN: Corey Leonard is day-to-day after suffering an injury, but if he can play this week it could prove to be a big day for the Indians.
Ryan, Matt (Boston College) vs. Maryland; Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on ABC: After tying Doug Flutie for the most 400 yard passing games in BC history, Ryan will look to revitalize his eighth-ranked Eagles after their defeat by Florida State against the Terrapins.
Reesing, Todd (Kansas) vs. Oklahoma State; Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on ABC: Kansas has been riding the fire set by QB Todd Reesing as they reach a ranking of fourth in the nation, their highest in school history. Their battle to remain one of only three unbeaten teams in college football will take them into primetime in Stillwater.
Tebow, Tim (Florida) vs. South Carolina; Nov. 10 at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN: The 15th ranked Gators will travel to Columbia, SC to take on the Gamecocks in an attempt to stay alive in the race for the SEC East crown. Tebow is the most efficient passer in the nation; if he can sustain the hits to his sore shoulder, he could have an exceptional day.
Woodson, Andre' (Kentucky) vs. Vanderbilt; Nov.10 at 1 p.m. on BBSN: Woodson has led the Wildcats to two victories over top ten foes this season, a first in Wildcat football history. Combined with a powerful defense, the 25th ranked Wildcats could have an offensive outburst this week.