FORT WORTH, Texas (October 15, 2008) – The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Match-ups for week eight feature four 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). Fans can show their support by visiting www.VoteOBrien.org and casting their vote. The top three candidates in the Fan Vote will automatically be added to the Semifinalist List announced October 27.
Marquee Match-up: Missouri at Texas
Saturday, October 18 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC
Two powerhouse teams from the Big 12 conference will square off Saturday in Austin, Texas. Senior Chase Daniel takes Missouri on the road to avenge the Tigers' devastating loss last week against Oklahoma State. Daniel has thrown for 2,055 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, completing 76 percent of his passes. A 2007 O'Brien Finalist, Daniel hopes to move on from last week's game as Mizzou takes on the top-ranked Longhorns.
"Its one for the ages," Daniel said of the game against Texas in his weekly press conference. "They picked us for primetime ABC television so there's going to be a big audience on the field and off the field as well."
The Longhorns earned a No. 1 ranking after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 45-35 last Saturday. Colt McCoy threw for 277 yards and a touchdown in the Red River Rivalry game, bringing his total for the season to 1,557 and 17, respectively. The junior quarterback also leads the Longhorns in rushing yards with 348.
McCoy, who has been friends with Daniel since high school, is looking forward to facing him on the field. "If there was something in common it's that we both want to win and that competitive nature in us," McCoy said of his opponent in Monday's press conference. "It's going to be a fun game. He does a great job in his system and in his offense."
Both quarterbacks have been highlighted twice as O'Brien Quarterbacks of the Week due to their outstanding level of play. More than 94,000 fans plus representatives from The O'Brien will fill Texas Memorial Stadium to see the two perform.
Head-to-Head O'Brien Match-up
These O'Brien Watch List quarterbacks will clash in this week's game.
Kansas (Todd Reesing) at Oklahoma (Sam Bradford) Saturday, October 18 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
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.
Fans can also download an interactive "widget" at www.DaveyOBrien.org/FAN/fan_widgets.asp featuring a voting link and the ability to post and share on Web sites, social networks and blogs.
Fans can show their support by adding The O'Brien Facebook application to their Facebook Profile. The new application can be found by searching O'Brien Fan Vote and clicking the applications tab or at http://apps.new.facebook.com/daveyobrien/.