The Associated Press unveiled names of four players who are the finalists in the race for their College Football Player of the Year award.
The candidates are Kyler Murray from Oklahoma Sooners, Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama Crimson Tide, Dwayne Haskins Jr. from Ohio State, all quarterbacks.
According to all the experts and pundits, these three guys were the most impressive and effective among all this season.
The final decision will be announced on Thursday.
The first two will face one another in the Orange Bowl and compete for the Nationa Championship game, while Haskins participates in the Rose Bowl, as his Buckeyes didn’t make it to the playoffs.
Murray who is the biggest favorite according to the majority of the experts has been fantastic this season. He is the best in the whole country when looking total offense with 4,945. He is also best in points responsible for, 306 and in passing efficiency, 205.7.
Tagovailoa, who suffered an injury during last week’s contest between his Crismon Tide and Georgia Bulldogs has 3,353 yards with 37 touchdowns, which is the new record of this college. He is still doubtful for the clash with the Sooners.
Haskins was simply stunning in his first year as a starter at Ohio State. His 4,580 yards are the best in the whole nation, along with that, he has 47 touchdowns.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 5, 2018
As it is said, the slight favorite is Murray, but that doesn’t have to mean anything.
If by any chance he wins the award, it will be the second time in a row for one Sooner to receive this honor. A year before Baker Mayfield was named the best, and Oklahoma has a total of four players who won the award.
Since 1998, when this award established Alabama didn’t have a single player who won, while Ohio’s only one came in 2006, with Troy Smith.
It is interesting that these three finalists are the same as those for the Heisman Trophy which will be presented this Saturday. A widely spread opinion is that the AP Player of the Year will be the same as the Heisman Trophy winner.