Manning Match-Up Week Six - October 10
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Three games this week feature Manning Award Watch Listers facing each other, but the selection for this week's Manning Match-Up is No. 15 Oklahoma State (3-1) at Texas A&M (3-1) to be played at 11:30 a.m. (CT) on FSN. The Cowboys' offense features senior Zac Robinson at quarterback, while the Aggies counter with junior Jerrod Johnson. This is the first conference match-up of the season for both teams. It will be a tough test for the Cowboys as they are 3-10 against the Aggies since the Big 12 began play in 1996, including 1-5 at College Station.
Robinson, considered a potential Heisman contender in the preseason, has completed 56-of-89 passes for 791 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. He will have to step up in this game as All-America receiver Dez Bryant is ineligible to play and running back Kendall Hunter is questionable due to an ankle injury.
Johnson is averaging 326.5 yards through the air and has thrown 11 touchdowns. He has completed 105-of-169 passes for 1,306 yards and has thrown the most passes in the nation without an interception this year. He has also rushed 48 times for 199 yards and four scores. The Aggies are second in the nation in total offense with 545.3 yards per game, but have lost 12 of their last 15 home games against ranked opponents.
Other Week Six Manning Match-Ups
Manning Award Stars of the Week
From the players selected to the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week five:
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
Jacory Harris, Miami
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
Case Keenum, Houston
Manning Award Players to Watch
The Manning Award Watch List will be revised in mid-October. Here's a look at fifth-week numbers from quarterbacks making a bid to join the Watch List:
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech
Aaron Opelt, Toledo
Steven Sheffield, Texas Tech
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.