Friday Q&A: Okada-Omega; Power Five Breakouts; Terrance Ferguson

Wrestling's most exciting rivalry of 2017 is Okada-Omega, the New Japan feud headlining the two biggest main events of the year to date. It's also the subject of just one entry in this week's Friday Q&A. If you have a question for The Open Man Friday Q&A, email kyle@theopenman.com, or shoot a tweet @kensing45 or…

Group of Five Party Crashers: Who will go to a New Year’s Six bowl game?

The inception of the College Football Playoff gave programs from non-power conferences new incentive with the introduction of an automatic bid into one of the prestigious New Year's Six bowl games. The Group of Five conferences have several worthy challengers for a New Year's Six bid, but it's likely only one will land in one…

Who Can Beat Alabama? A History Lesson Previewing 2017

Much of college football's allure resides in the sport's unpredictability. Yet, for as much chaos as ensues in any given autumn, the Alabama Crimson Tide provide stability. For as much as fans and pundits might insist that any four teams are surefire contenders for the Playoff, accurately forecasting the field at this juncture might as…

The College World Series and My Sports Bucket List

Each year in mid-to-late June, I promise myself that one day -- one day -- I will get to Omaha for the College World Series. The annual NCAA baseball championship may have moved from venerable Rosenblatt Stadium, but the history that comes with nearly seven decades followed the College World Series into TD AmeriTrade Park.…

Sam Darnold Hype Takes Pressure Off Lamar Jackson

Three times in the past decade, the previous season's Heisman Trophy winner returned with the possibility of making history. All three -- Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston -- embarked on their encore seasons in a flurry of hype. 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson need not worry about the madness that follows an underclass…

Bob Stoops Bows Out as a Legend

In an era of evaluating success only through national or world championships, Bob Stoops' impact on college football too often went underappreciated. "Our players are like family. It was tough to say goodbye." - Stoops #OUDNA #FamilyWatch live on https://t.co/XhOdff0PQn pic.twitter.com/WpejE3FXVb— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) June 7, 2017 Of course, even measuring success strictly by titles,…