The race for the Heisman Trophy has felt particularly wide open this season.
But we now know it will be one of four players who will lift the most coveted individual award in college football.
The Heisman finalists, who will be invited to the trophy presentation in New York, were revealed on Monday. They are Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, TCU quarterback Max Duggan, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and USC quarterback Caleb Williams.
While that list of finalists includes the heavy favorite to win the award in Williams, as well as one of the season-long favorites in Stroud, it also includes a bit of a surprise in Bennet. The former walk-on's case was likely bolstered by a four-touchdown performance in Georgia's 50-30 win over LSU in the SEC championship game.
The fact that Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker did not make the cut might surprise some people, as well. Hooker, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during Tennessee's loss to South Carolina during the penultimate game of the regular season, was the betting favorite to win the award as recently as a month ago.
Other notable omissions include Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, the 2021 Heisman winner, as well as Michigan running back Blake Corum.
The list of favorites also reinforces that the most sure formula to win the Heisman is to be the quarterback of a winning team. Three of the four starting quarterbacks in the College Football Playoff are represented, and Williams helped lead USC to an 11-2 record and No. 10 ranking. This will mark the sixth time in the past seven years that the award has been won by a quarterback.
The Heisman winner will be revealed Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The ceremony will be broadcast on ESPN.