Jackson has the chance to become just the second two-time Heisman victor, joining Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975), but Mayfield, the 2016 runner-up, is the heavy favorite. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 2015, but was not invited to NY. He did not make an obscene gesture on the field and get suspended like Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield has made his case by leading 12-1 Oklahoma into the College Football Playoff, leading the nation in passing efficiency (203.8 rating, ahead of the FBS-record 196.4 mark he set last season) and ranking fourth in the country in passing yards (333.8 per game).
The Heisman finalists will be announced Monday night. Oklahoma plays Georgia (12-1) in the Rose Bowl semifinal on January 1.
Once the odds-on favorite to win the award, Barkley's numbers slipped through the latter part of the season. Jackson, who can become only the second two-time victor of the Heisman, led the nation in total offense with an average of 411.0 yards per game. Love has averaged 8.3 yards per carry for the Cardinal, running for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season.More news: LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA
Not making that cut was a couple of talented running backs. Only three players in the history of college football have won the Heisman with teams that had suffered four or more losses during the season, and no one has achieved this feat since 1969, which is very discouraging for Jackson's chances.
The 2017 Heisman finalists are out and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is not invited to the party in NY. Against Nevada three weeks ago, he scored on a rush, a kickoff return and a punt return.
Love cracked the century mark in all but one of the 12 games he played in this season, and he had a Football Bowl Subdivision record of 12 runs of at least 50 yards.