FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 29, 2015) – A Big 12 primetime battle on Thursday night and a pair Halloween games featuring four of the Pac-12’s scariest offenses have been selected as the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s Marquee Matchups for week nine.
To kick things off on Thursday night, West Virginia’s Skyler Howard returns to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, to face Trevone Boykin and No. 5 TCU. In a Saturday afternoon affair, two highly touted signal callers will square off when Cody Kessler of USC and Jared Goff of California meet. The nightcap features Stanford’s Kevin Hogan taking the eighth-ranked Cardinal on the road against Washington State and red-hot quarterback Luke Falk.
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: West Virginia (Skyler Howard) at No. 5 TCU (Trevone Boykin)
Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on FOX Sports 1
West Virginia’s Skyler Howard helps guide a robust West Virginia offense that is scoring 36.3 points and averaging 485.5 total yards per game. In his first full season as the starter, Howard ranks 13th nationally in points responsible for per game (17.0). The junior also is 20th in touchdown passes (15) and 21st in total offense (292.5).
Senior Trevone Boykin is enjoying another stellar season after being named a finalist for the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Boykin currently ranks second in the nation in total offense (425.6), third in points responsible for (182), fifth in touchdown passes (25) and seventh in passing yards (2,539) for 7-0 TCU.
Marquee Matchup #2: USC (Cody Kessler) at California (Jared Goff)
Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. (CT) on FOX
Cody Kessler is coming off a week in which he was named one of the Davey O’Brien Award’s “Great 8” for his performance in USC’s upset of No. 3 Utah. On the year, the senior ranks among the NCAA’s best in completion percentage (8th, .693), passing efficiency (9th, 169.0) and touchdown passes (11th, 18).
Jared Goff is the holder of 26 Cal records, including career marks for passing yards (9,746) and passing touchdowns (73). The junior, who was on the preseason watch list, currently ranks ninth in the nation in touchdown passes (20), 13th in passing yards (2,265), 13th in total offense (322.4) and 14th in points responsible for (122).
Marquee Matchup #3: No. 8 Stanford (Kevin Hogan) at Washington State (Luke Falk)
Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPN
Kevin Hogan has helped Stanford score better than 40 points per game over its current six-game winning streak. For his career, he owns a 30-9 overall record, the second-most wins among all active quarterbacks. This year, the senior is listed seventh in the FBS in passing efficiency at 174.0 and 19th in completion percentage (.667).
Over his last three games, Washington State’s Luke Falk has averaged 476.0 passing yards with 16 touchdowns. He finds himself leading the nation in completion percentage (.729), and is third in passing yards (2,885), third in total offense (403.3), fourth in points responsible for (174) and fourth in touchdown passes (26).