Oklahoma senior QB
His case: In what was essentially a CFP elimination game last week, Mayfield threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-20 romp over TCU. He has 3,559 yards passing with 31 TDs and just five interceptions this season.
This week: Saturday at Kansas (2:30 p.m., ESPN)
Stanford junior RB
His case: Love had his best game in weeks in a 30-22 upset of Washington that knocked the Huskies out of CFP contention. He had 166 yards and three TDs, giving him 1,622 yards and 15 TDs overall, an FBS-best 180.2 yards per game.
This week: Saturday vs. California (7 p.m., Fox)
Penn State junior RB
His case: Barkley is still one of the betting favorites for the Heisman, but his numbers and the Nittany Lions’ two recent losses have made him an afterthought. Had just 35 yards rushing and 20 receiving in a 35-6 win over Rutgers.
This week: Saturday vs. Nebraska (3 p.m., FS1)
On the radar: Notre Dame RB Josh Adams, Jr.; Arizona QB Khalil Tate, So.; Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor, Fr.; Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Jr.