In/out of contention - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
in/out of contention
Among those eligible to win something; in competition. Don't count them out just because they've been on a losing streak—they're still in contention for that final playoff spot.
in/out of conˈtention (for something) with/without a chance of winning something: Only three teams are now in contention for the title. ♢ With that defeat, Marshall dropped out of contention.