USC quarterback Matt Barkley's late run of success wasn't enough to make him a Heisman Trophy finalist along with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Joining Luck in New York for the ceremony on Saturday will be LSU cornerback Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.
Barkley threw 10 touchdown passes in the Trojans' final two games, wins over Oregon and UCLA, and set a new school and conference record with 39 TD passes.
Though Luck had a higher efficiency rating than Barkley, Barkley had more passing yards, TDs and fewer interceptions.
Of course, if Barkley really wants to win the Heisman, the junior could return next year. He has until Jan. 15 to declare himself eligible for the NFL draft, which most folks believe he will. He likely would be a top-10 or 15 pick.