Auburn's Cam Newton, Oregon's LaMichael James, Boise State's Kellen Moore and Stanford's Andrew Luck were named finalists on Monday for the 76th Heisman Trophy.
The winner will be announced Saturday night in New York City.
Newton, quarterback for the No. 1 Tigers, is considered to be the strong favorite to win college football's top award. Voters, however, will now have to decide if they will vote for Newton after the off-the-field trouble involving his father.
Newton has thrown for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,409 yards and 20 touchdowns. Newton is just the third player in FBS history (Florida's Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada are the other two) to throw and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season.
"I'm very honored and blessed to be named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy with some other outstanding players," Newton said in a statement. "Like I've said, this is not an individual honor, but a team honor. I wouldn't be in this position without my great teammates, coaches and the Auburn family. Since I was a young boy, playing the game of football has been a pure joy and this season has been a very special one for my teammates and me. I know as a team we're excited to get back on the field on January 10 against a great Oregon team."
Auburn will play No. 2 Oregon for th BCS National Championship on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
Oregon also has a Heisman finalist with James, an electrifying running back. James has rushed for 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Moore, Boise State's star quarterback, has thrown for 3,506 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Luck, a quarterback who will lead Stanford against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, has thrown for 3,051 yards and 28 touchdowns.