The finalists were announced on ESPN's "Monday Night Countdown" by former Heisman winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson.
Mayfield is trying to become the sixth Heisman victor from Oklahoma and third Sooners quarterback (Jason White and Sam Bradford) to win since 2003.
Considered to be a top-five pick in the 2018 National Football League draft, Barkley finished second in the nation in all-purpose yards, averaging 179.5 yards per game, and 10 in kickoff returns with a 28.4-yard average. Mayfield's completion percentage (71) and quarterback rating (203.8) are the best in the country.
The senior from Austin, Texas, led the Sooners to a third-straight Big 12 title and the 11th in the program's history by beating TCU 41-17 on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma will take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl, where the victor will play for a national championship. He has a chance to become the sixth Sooner Heisman victor and the first Heisman victor to begin his career as a "walk-on" athlete.
"Everybody I've talked to at the next level says that is one of the best running back prospects they've seen in a very, very, very long time". This is likely his year.
Excluding Jackson since he's still in college, eight of the past nine Heisman winners have been selected in the first round of the National Football League draft. The problem: Louisville stumbled out of the gates. His team went 8-4, 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But as usual, he's posted phenomenal numbers. He's added 310 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
A native of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Love is the fifth Stanford finalist in the past nine seasons, and 10th overall.
Love was a monster out of the Cardinal backfield, coming in second nationally in rushing yards (1,973) while going for an insane 8.3 yards per attempt.
Love had rushed for 1,963 yards and 17 touchdowns. Barkley also returned two kickoff for touchdowns. Those games happened in back-to-back weeks.
He has run for 1,134 yards and 16 TDs in 199 carries. Joe's claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he's predicted the correct national championship game twice... and picked the wrong victor both times.
Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015.
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