FORT WORTH, Texas (August 27, 2008) - The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Marquee Match-up for week one features two O'Brien Watch List candidates in their season opener. Throughout the season, The O'Brien will highlight weekly match-ups featuring O'Brien candidates as they compete for the prestigious award honoring the nation's best quarterback in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Marquee Match-up: Illinois at Missouri
Saturday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on ESPN
Juice Williams takes the Fighting Illini into Tiger territory to take on 2007 O'Brien Finalist, Chase Daniel, in a Big Ten/Big XII showdown. Both teams enter the season with a top 25 ranking and have an O'Brien Watch List quarterback at the helm of their offense. Each quarterback is looking to lead their team to a season opening win while beginning their bid for The O'Brien.
Head-to-Head O'Brien Match-ups (based on start times)
These O'Brien Watch List quarterbacks will clash in their season openers.
* Florida Atlantic (Rusty Smith) at Texas (Colt McCoy)
Saturday, August 30 at 6 p.m. (CST)
* Alabama (John Parker Wilson) at Clemson (Cullen Harper)
Saturday, August 30 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC