Battle of top QBs Saturday at Michigan St.

Published 11:45 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas — A pair of Michigan squads go head-to-head this week in the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Match-up between Michigan and Michigan State.

Hoping to remain unbeaten, Denard Robinson and the Wolverines hit the road for an early-afternoon meeting against Kirk Cousins and the rival Spartans in the annual battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

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. 11 Michigan

at No. 23 Michigan State

Saturday, October 15 at noon on ESPN

Conference foes Michigan (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) and Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) take the field this weekend to decide which school reigns supreme in the state. Denard Robinson has continued to show his skills as a dual-threat quarterback, finding the end zone in the air and on the ground a total of 18 times this season.

The junior has racked up 1,130 passing yards and 720 rushing yards in Michigan’s first six games.

Kirk Cousins has provided a spark for the Spartan offense, throwing for more than 200 yards in four of the team’s five games and totaling 1,197 on the year. The senior is averaging 239.4 passing yards per game and has collected six scores through the air. The two quarterbacks will be under pressure in the match-up as both the Michigan and Michigan State defenses rank within the nation’s top 10 in scoring defense.

The contest between the Wolverines and Spartans dates back to 1892, with Michigan leading the all-time series by a 67-31-5 mark. The past three meetings have been won by Michigan State, however, including a 34-17 victory in 2010. For the second year in a row, the two teams will enter the game ranked within the top 25.

Other notable games (based on start times)

No. 20 Baylor (Robert Griffin III) at No. 21 Texas A&M (Ryan Tannehill)
Saturday at noon on FX

No. 19 Virginia Tech (Logan Thomas) at Wake Forest (Tanner Price)
Saturday at 6:30 p.m.  on ESPN3

No. 7 Stanford (Andrew Luck) at Washington State (Marshall Lobbestael)
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Versus

No. 18 Arizona State (Brock Osweiler) at No. 9 Oregon (Darron Thomas)
Saturday at 10:15 p.m. on ESPN

*All rankings reflect the current Associated Press Top 25 poll