FORT WORTH, Texas (November 12, 2007) - The 2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Semifinalist Match-up for week 12 is a Big XII melee on the Texas plains between two O'Brien Semifinalists. The Oklahoma Sooners, led by Sam Bradford, will bring a well-balanced offensive attack to face off with Texas Tech and Graham Harrell's first-ranked passing offense.
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.
Semifinalist Marquee Match-up: Oklahoma at Texas Tech (All games listed in CST)
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC
Fourth-ranked Oklahoma's Bradford is the nation's leading passer, accounting for 28 touchdowns and more than 2,500 yards this season. The redshirt freshman has quickly assumed the role of leader and director of the country's third most prolific offense. Harrell of Texas Tech has been the trigger-man for an offense ranked sixth in the nation and scoring more than 42 points per game. Harrell has been more than impressive this season, accounting for 43 touchdowns and more than 4,800 yards.
Additional Semifinalist Match-ups*
These O'Brien Semifinalist contenders will highlight the nation's best quarterback battles this week.
Boeckman, Todd (Ohio State) vs. Michigan; Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. on ABC: The road to the Big Ten title is huge this weekend as Boeckman will try to right his ship against the Wolverines. This is the first match-up in history between Ohio State and Michigan in which both teams are coming off of losses, and could decide who is going to the Rose Bowl.
Brennan, Colt (Hawai'i) vs. Nevada; Nov. 16 at 11 p.m. on ESPN 2: Brennan will look to break the NCAA record for career touchdown passes and "touchdowns responsible for" against the Wolf Pack of Nevada. The 9-0 start is the best start for Hawai'i since 1925. After coming off of a concussion, Brennan's play will be key in making it to 10-0.
Brohm, Brian (Louisville) vs. South Florida; Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. on ESPN: This senior is on everyone's radar as one of the top prospects in the country. The Cardinal offense revolves around him, and they will have their hands full against a tough Bulls team bolstered by a raucous crowd.
Carney, Shaun (Air Force) vs. San Diego State; Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. (not televised): Carney must be decisive in leading the Falcons to the most wins for the academy since 1992. His leadership is proving to be crucial as the Falcons rest in second place in MWC standings.
Daniel, Chase (Missouri) vs. Kansas State; Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. on FSN: Daniel and the Tigers will try to remain in the chase for the Big XII North championship against the Wildcats. The Tigers have been playing strong, and Daniel needs to focus on this showdown with Kansas State, which has National Championship implications.
Dixon, Dennis (Oregon) vs. Arizona; Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. on ESPN: Dixon has engineered the type of season Oregon fans have been waiting for. The Ducks will look to remain atop the Pac-10 and the BCS title hunt against the Wildcats that have been tough to beat at home.
Leonard, Corey** (Arkansas State) vs. North Texas; Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. on ESPN: Coming off an injury is difficult, but Leonard could be the spark that propels the Indians past a UNT offense that put up 62 points against Navy.
Reesing, Todd (Kansas) vs. Iowa State; Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. on ABC: Reesing and the third-ranked Jayhawks are making their presence felt in the BCS. With a win against the Cyclones, the Jayhawks will remain unbeaten and set up a duel for the Big XII North championship that could put them in the BCS National Championship.
Ryan, Matt (Boston College) vs. Clemson; Nov. 17 at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN 2: Ryan is preparing to lead his team on the offensive to take back sole possession of the ACC title hunt. With a win, the Eagles will likely make it to the ACC title game.
Tebow, Tim (Florida) vs. Florida Atlantic; Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. on PPV: Proving the critics wrong, Tebow rushed for five touchdowns last week with a sore shoulder. This week should be no different, as the Gators will go out of conference to play the Owls, giving Tebow another chance for a stellar offensive day.
White, Pat (West Virginia) vs. Cincinnati; Nov. 17 at 6:45 p.m. (not televised): White held off a late comeback by Louisville this past week and will look to do the same against a sneaky Cincinnati team this week. With a win, West Virginia will be in the race for the Big East title and the chance to play in a BCS bowl game.
Woodson, Andre' (Kentucky) vs. Georgia; Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m. on LFS: Woodson can put the Wildcats back into the chase for the SEC East title with a win against Georgia this week. Kentucky will rely on Woodson's leadership and composure as they try to knock off the first place Bulldogs.
* Carpenter, Rudy (Arizona State) is on a bye week
** Pending recovery