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The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Matchups for week six of the college football season feature a Thursday night Pac-12 tilt between two offenses averaging better than 40 points per game (Arizona vs. Oregon), a key battle in the mighty Southeastern Conference on Saturday morning (Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State) and a top-15 nonconference rivalry game in the afternoon (Stanford vs. Notre Dame).
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: Arizona (Anu Solomon) at No. 2 Oregon (Marcus Mariota)
Thursday, October 2 at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN
Arizona freshman Anu Solomon has led the Wildcats to perfect record through four games. His signature performance came in a 49-45 comeback win over Cal when he threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning Hail Mary in a 36-point fourth quarter.
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, a two-time award semifinalist, currently leads the nation in passing efficiency and completion percentage, while ranking fifth in points responsible for (96). The junior was voted the Davey O’Brien Award’s Quarterback of the Week on Sept. 9.
Marquee Matchup #2: No. 6 Texas A&M (Kenny Hill) at No. 12 Mississippi State (Dak Prescott)
Saturday, October 4 at 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPN
Kenny Hill currently ranks among the nation’s top five in points responsible for (2nd), touchdown passes (2nd), passing yards (3rd) and total offense (5th) for sixth-ranked Texas A&M. In five gams, the sophomore has passed for 1,745 yards and 17 touchdowns (118-of-180 passing).
Mississippi State has arrived on the nation scene thanks to the play of junior Dak Prescott, who was named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week on Sept. 23. A dual threat, he currently ranks among the nation’s top 12 in points responsible for (90) and total offense (335.5).
Marquee Matchup #3: No. 14 Stanford (Kevin Hogan) at No. 9 Notre Dame (Everett Golson)
Saturday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on NBC
Stanford senior Kevin Hogan has accounted for 10 touchdowns (eight passing, two rushing) in four games to pace the Cardinal. The three-year starter, who ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in numerous categories, is 10-2 against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.
Everett Golson boasts a 14-1 career record as a starter, the best percentage by a signal caller in Notre Dame’s illustrious history. Last Saturday, the senior set a school record with 25 consecutive completions on his way to a 32-of-39 passing day with 362 yards and four touchdowns.