FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 15, 2015) – Two in-state conference rivalry games and one intriguing non-conference clash have been chosen as the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s Marquee Matchups for week seven of the college football season.
On Thursday night, UCLA’s Josh Rosen takes on Stanford’s Kevin Hogan in a battle between a pair of top-20 teams in of the Pac-12 Conference. In an early Saturday game, Ole Miss, led by Chad Kelly, and Memphis, guided by Paxton Lynch, square off in a highly anticipated non-league tilt featuring two of the nation’s leaders in total offense. And in an afternoon game, the 108th meeting to determine the Paul Bunyan Trophy will pit Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Michigan’s Jake Rudock.
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. Fans are invited to help select the Marquee Matchups each week by voicing their opinions on Twitter at @DaveyOBrien using #MarqueeQB.
Quarterbacks from all 128 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are eligible for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 2. The three finalists will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 24, while the 2015 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 10 on ESPN.
Marquee Matchup #1: No. 18 UCLA (Josh Rosen) at No. 15 Stanford (Kevin Hogan)
Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN
Josh Rosen was named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week following his stellar collegiate debut last month. The true freshman has helped the Bruins to a 4-1 start by throwing for more than 1,200 yards to go along with nine touchdowns and a completion percentage of better than 60 percent.
Kevin Hogan is second nationally among active quarterbacks with 28 career wins. The fifth-year senior currently ranks seventh in the country in passing efficiency (169.8) and 13th in completion percentage (.675). His play has helped the Cardinal average better than 42.0 points per contest during its four-game winning streak.
Marquee Matchup #2: No. 13 Ole Miss (Chad Kelly) at Memphis (Paxton Lynch)
Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. (CT) on ABC/ESPN2
Chad Kelly finds himself among the nation’s leaders in a number of categories, including points responsible for (T-7th, 108), passing yards (9th, 1,862), total offense (11th, 331.8), touchdown passes (T-11th, 14) and passing efficiency (12th, 166.8). The junior has thrown for better than 300 yards in four of six games this year.
Junior Paxton Lynch has yet to throw an interception, while compiling 10 touchdown passes in Memphis’ first five games. He currently ranks third nationally in passing efficiency (181.5), fifth in completion percentage (.705), 12th in total offense (330.2) and 19th in passing yards (1,535), while propelling the Tigers to a 5-0 start.
Marquee Matchup #3: No. 7 Michigan State (Connor Cook) at No. 12 Michigan (Jake Rudock)
Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN
Connor Cook was named a Davey O’Brien “Great 8” performer last week after he completed 24 of 39 passes for a career-high 367 yards and two touchdowns against Rutgers. For the year, he has thrown 12 touchdowns against just two interceptions. Cook is the school’s all-time wins leader with 29 victories in 32 career starts.
For the second straight week, Jake Rudock is playing in a Davey O’Brien marquee matchup. The senior transfer has helped the Wolverines tally 32.0 points per game over a current five-game winning streak. Last week, Rudock completed nearly 75 percent of his passes (17 of 23) in a 38-0 triumph over previously unbeaten Northwestern.