FORT WORTH, Texas (September 24, 2008) - The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Match-ups for week five 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: Alabama at Georgia
Saturday, September 27 at 6:45 p.m. (CST) on ESPN
John Parker Wilson and the Alabama Crimson Tide will square off with Matthew Stafford and the Georgia Bulldogs in this SEC battle between the hedges. Both quarterbacks direct powerful offensive units and have an undefeated 4-0 record on the line. Wilson takes the Crimson Tide to Athens with the momentum after a 49-14 win over Arkansas last week. This six-foot-two senior from Hoover, Ala., has thrown for 542 yards and five touchdowns this season in addition to one rushing touchdown. Stafford and the Bulldogs return home after a 27-10 victory over Arizona State. Stafford completed 16 of 28 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown in last Saturday's match-up and hopes to capitalize on the chemistry with running back Knowshon Moreno this week. This will be the first time the two have gone head-to-head while both were undefeated with a top 10 ranking since 1942.
Head-to-Head O'Brien Match-ups (based on start times)
These O'Brien Watch List quarterbacks will clash in this week's games.
* Purdue (Curtis Painter) at Notre Dame (Jimmy Clausen)
Saturday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on NBC
* Navy (Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada) at Wake Forest (Riley Skinner)
Saturday, September 27 at 2:45 p.m. (CST) on ESPNU
About The O'Brien Fan Vote
Fans can now register and vote for The O'Brien Fan Vote online at www.VoteOBrien.org 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.