2017 College Football Preview: AAC continues its growth

The one Group of Five conference that received the most attention since the inception of the College Football Playoff was the American Athletic Conference (AAC). In 2015, the AAC had a surprising season that resulted in Houston making it to the Peach Bowl on the Group of Five auto-bid. The Cougars stunned Florida State. Because…

MAC Football

MAC Football 2017 Preview: Getting Back to MACtion

Last year, the MAC was dominated by one boat-rowing football program. For all the chaos that ensued in the 2016 regular season, Western Michigan -- the nation's only undefeated once the postseason began -- was the constant. With P.J. Fleck at the helm, nobody in the MAC could touch the Broncos. Fleck finally had the…

The Hair Makes The Man: Mike Gundy Sets Fun Tone at Oklahoma State

FRISCO, Texas – Mike Gundy’s current hairstyle – yeah, it’s still a thing – evokes a classic Seinfield episode. “It’s real and it’s spectacular.” A year ago at the Big 12’s football media days, the Oklahoma State coach appeared with a haircut often referred to as “business in the front, party in the back.” A…

Conference USA Preview 2017: Beasts in the East, Wild Out West

Perhaps more than any other conference, realignment has fundamentally altered the look of Conference USA. C-USA played an immediately role in discrediting the Bowl Championship Series when, in 1998, former member Tulane was denied an at-large bid despite finishing with an undefeated record. The Shaun King-led Green Wave were the first in a line of…

Iowa State's Joel Lanning

Iowa State’s Joel Lanning is A Unique ‘Slash’ Performer

FRISCO, Texas - The slash, the angled line found at the far right of the bottom row of your QUERTY keyboard, is not recognized as one of the 14 official punctuation marks. It is commonly used to separate alternatives. When you find a slash on a college football roster, it's typically used for players with…

Sun Belt Preview 2017: Keeping The Fun Alive

What can be said about the Sun Belt Conference that hasn't been said already? We know it's fun. #FunBelt: It's a great rhyme and hashtag, and it provides a mid-week college football fix every October. Last year, the Sun Belt also boasted some impressive football. Six teams made a bowl game out of the Sun…

Heisman Dark Horses to Know in 2017

For those new around here, let me share something that will become abundantly clear over the course of the college football season: I love the Heisman Trophy. For all its faults, my youthful fascination with the award endures. That's a contributing factor to The Open Man's Heisman Top 10, a regular breakdown and ranking of…