Thursday, October 2, 2008

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

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 1, 2008) – The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Match-ups for week six feature five 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: Texas Tech at Kansas State

Saturday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
Senior Graham Harrell leads the Red Raiders to the Little Apple to take on Josh Freeman and the Kansas State Wildcats in Saturday's match-up. At the helm of the dynamic Texas Tech offense, Harrell has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 1,573 yards this season, ranking second highest in the nation. His connection with wide receiver Michael Crabtree may give the Red Raiders the offensive edge to continue their undefeated 4-0 record. Freeman, a junior, hopes to direct the Wildcats to a victory at home in Saturday's match-up. Ranked eighth nationally in pass efficiency, Freeman has posted impressive numbers in his four games this season, throwing for 1,105 yards and 11 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for six. He now holds the record as Kansas State's all-time leading passer with 6,238 yards. The seventh-ranked Red Raiders will fight to keep their highest ranking in more than thirty years in this Big 12 conference season opener.

Head-to-Head O'Brien Match-ups (based on start times)

These O'Brien Watch List quarterbacks will clash in this week's games.

* Rutgers (Mike Teel) at West Virginia (Pat White)
Saturday, October 4 at 11 a.m. (CST) on

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.