Marquee Match-up – Auburn at Arkansas


October 5, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas – For the first time this season, the 2011 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) Marquee Match-up highlights a pair of SEC squads as Auburn visits Arkansas in a battle of West Division hopefuls. Barrett Trotter will attempt to guide the Tigers to their third SEC victory while Tyler Wilson and the Razorbacks defend their ground and hope to remain unbeaten at home.

Throughout the season, The O’Brien will highlight the best weekly quarterback match-up as the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award continues. Quarterbacks from all 120 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 24.

Marquee Match-up: No. 15 Auburn at No. 10 Arkansas
Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN
Two SEC West rivals collide in Fayetteville as Auburn (4-1, 2-0 SEC) hits the road to face Arkansas (4-1, 0-1 SEC). Barrett Trotter and the Tigers are coming off a fourth quarter nail-biter at South Carolina, where the junior threw the go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes to play. On the season, Trotter has tallied nine touchdowns with four different receivers. Tyler Wilson, with the seventh-most total passing yards in the country (1,517), threw for a nation-leading 510 yards in last week’s come-from-behind win over Texas A&M. The junior has thrown multiple touchdowns in four of Arkansas’ five games this season.

Other Notable Games (based on start times) 

  •  Georgia (Aaron Murray) at Tennessee (Tyler Bray)
    Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2
  • No. 12 Michigan (Denard Robinson) at Northwestern (Dan Persa)
    Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m. (CT) on Big Ten Network

 *All rankings reflect The Associated Press Top 25 poll (Oct. 2)

About The O’Brien Fan Vote
Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation’s best college quarterback as often as once daily at The Fan Vote counts as 5% during each round of the voting process, and it is combined with the results from The O’Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2011 O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 8 on ESPN and will be honored at the 35th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner held at The Fort Worth Club on Feb. 20, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.

About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®
Founded in 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation recognizes champions on and off the field through awards programs encouraging academic and career success. The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The O’Brien honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. For more information, visit

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