Friday, September 19, 2008

O'Brien Quarterback Award Marquee Match-up for Week Four

FORT WORTH, Texas (September 17, 2008) - The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Match-ups for week four feature six O'Brien Watch List candidates. The O'Brien continues to 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: Georgia at Arizona State

Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC
Matthew Stafford leads the Georgia Bulldogs west to face off with Rudy Carpenter and the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Bulldogs hope to continue their 3-0 winning streak in this hyped SEC/Pac-10 primetime showdown. Stafford led the Bulldogs to a 14-7 victory over South Carolina last week with a 30 yard run to set up a Knowshon Moreno touchdown as the Bulldogs slipped by the Gamecocks in their SEC season opener. The Sun Devils will try and use their home field advantage to avenge their heartbreaking 23-20 overtime loss to the UNLV Rebels last week. Carpenter, a senior, threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns against the Rebels, bringing his total passing yards for the season to 975 with six touchdowns. This marquee match-up marks the first time these two teams have gone head-to-head.

Head-to-Head O'Brien Match-ups (based on start times)
These O'Brien Watch List quarterbacks will clash in this week's games.

· Central Michigan (Dan LeFevour) at Purdue (Curtis Painter)
Saturday, September 20 at 11 a.m. (CST) on the Big Ten Network

· Rutgers (Mike Teel) at Navy (Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada)
Saturday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on CBS CSN

· Rice (Chase Clement) at Texas (Colt McCoy)
Saturday, September 20 at 6 p.m. (CST) on FSN

About The O'Brien Fan Vote
Fans can now register and vote for The O'Brien Fan Vote online at to show their support for their favorite college quarterback. Fans will be able to choose from any of the 119 FBS quarterbacks beginning on Tuesday, September 2, leaving room for the possibility of a quarterback who is not on the Watch List to win the award. The top three quarterbacks who garner the most votes will be added to The O'Brien Semifinalist List, and the Fan Vote will then count as 5% in determining the Finalists and Winner. The 2008 Winner will be announced during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing December 11 on ESPN. The recipient will be honored February 16, 2009, at the 32nd Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fans can also download an interactive "widget" at featuring a voting link and the ability to post and share on Web sites, social networks and blogs.