Few candidates got a bigger preseason push from their schools than Monteé Ball, Knile Davis and Tyler Wilson.
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Two weeks into the season, all three are in danger of falling completely out of the conversation.
Ball, who finished fourth in the voting last season, managed just 61 yards in Wisconsin's 10-7 loss to unranked Oregon State, his fewest since becoming the starter in 2010. He has time to increase his stock, but with the way Wisconsin's offense is struggling, averaging 297 yards per game after 469.8 a year ago, his ability to win already seems like a long shot.
It's a similar story for the Arkansas duo. While Davis' problems stem from his lack of production (he's averaged 3.9 yards per carry through two games), Wilson was still on this list a week ago. He left the overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe at halftime after suffering a blow to the head and is listed as day-to-day for Saturday's matchup with No. 1 Alabama. It's an unfortunate reality for Wilson's candidacy, but he can't win if he doesn't play (only two winners in the modern era have ever missed a game). If he misses one of the Razorbacks' biggest games of the season, it'll be hard for him to get back into the race.
And now, this week's ranking. As a refresher, here's how the Watchman stacked up the contenders