Two games feature head-to-head Pairings between Semifinalists
Two of this weekend’s college football games will feature head-to-head showdowns between quarterbacks who were recently named semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. In Big 12 Conference action, TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Kansas State’s Jake Waters will take center stage, while in the Big Ten, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett will face off.
Throughout the season, the Davey O’Brien Award highlights the best weekly quarterback matchups as the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award continues. The 16 semifinalists will be narrowed to three finalists on Monday, Nov. 23. The 2014 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 11 on ESPN.
Marquee Matchup #1: No. 7 Kansas State (Jake Waters) at No. 6 TCU (Trevone Boykin)
Saturday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on FOX
In addition to being a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, Kansas State’s Jake Waters is also a Maxwell Award semifinalist. While helping the Wildcats to a 7-1 record, he has accumulated 1,878 passing yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 404 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
TCU junior Trevone Boykin currently ranks fourth nationally in total offense (361.9) and eighth in points responsible for (156) for the 7-1 Horned Frogs, the country’s second highest scoring team (48.0 points per game). The Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week on Oct. 28 is also a Maxwell Award semifinalist.
Marquee Matchup #2: No. 14 Ohio State (J.T. Barrett) at No. 8 Michigan State (Connor Cook)
Saturday, November 8 at 7 p.m. (CT) on ABC
Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett is the lone freshman, and one of just two players younger than a junior, selected as a 2014 Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist. He currently ranks fourth in the nation in both passing efficiency (170.0) and points responsible for (174) and eighth in touchdown passes (23) for the 7-1 Buckeyes.
Connor Cook is one of 12 players to be semifinalists for both the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards. The junior from Michigan State owns a 19-2 career record as a starter, including a 7-1 mark this year. He ranks seventh in the nation in passing efficiency (163.1) while contributing 19 total touchdowns (17 passing).