Despite the Heisman Trophy being awarded in December, the race for college football's most prestigious award garners year-round discussion.
While coming up with preseason favorites might be silly, re-evaluating which players have a legitimate shot at the award after four weeks serves an actual purpose. At this point, it's virtually impossible to come from completely off the radar to win.
Even last year, when Johnny Manziel became a sensation following the Alabama game, he had still put together a spectacular first month to land him in the dark-horse category.
But while the various favorites have made themselves known, a number of talented players are already out of the race. It has nothing to do with ability, and their statistics rank among the very best.
But the unfortunate truth about the Heisman is that it's almost always rewarded to a player on a team in contention for a conference title. In most cases, the winner belongs to a team that has been in the national discussion throughout the year.
So whether it's the style of play or a poor record, teams can hurt a player's shot at winning the award.
Here are 10 players whose teams are keeping them out Heisman Trophy contention.
All statistics via ESPN