Arkansas, Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Ohio State QBs Take Center Stage
FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 24, 2014) – The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Matchups for week five of the college football season feature a Southeastern Conference clash pitting old rivals (Arkansas and Texas A&M) and an in-state battle for supremacy (Cincinnati at Ohio State).
Throughout the season, the Davey O’Brien Award will highlight the best weekly quarterback matchups as the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award continues. Quarterbacks from all 128 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 3.
Marquee Matchup #1: Arkansas (Brandon Allen) vs. No. 6 Texas A&M (Kenny Hill)
Saturday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on CBS
Arkansas’ Brandon Allen has passed for eight scores and run for two while guiding the Razorbacks (3-1), who average nearly 50 points per game. The second-year starter has improved his passer efficiency rating by more than 50 points from last season.
Sophomore Kenny Hill has burst onto the scene by passing for 1,359 yards and 13 touchdowns for Texas A&M (4-0). Hill currently ranks among the nation’s top 10 in touchdown passes (3rd), passing yards (6th), points responsible for (8th) and passing efficiency (9th).
Marquee Matchup #2: Cincinnati (Gunner Kiel) at No. 22 Ohio State (J.T. Barrett)
Saturday, September 27 at 5 p.m. (CT) on Big Ten Network
Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel leads the 2-0 Bearcats into Ohio Stadium after a 418-yard, 6-touchdown performance in his last outing. The highly-touted sophomore transfer has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 689 yards while completing 50 of 76 passes in just two contests.
Freshman J.T. Barrett took over the reins of Ohio State’s offense after a preseason injury shelved watch list candidate Braxton Miller. In three games, Barrett has thrown for nine touchdowns and run for one while averaging better than 250 yards passing per game.