The Third Phase: Just get the Wyoming play out of the way

The Third Phase: Just get the Wyoming play out of the way

Welcome to The Third Phase, a new weekly column that dedicated to punting in college football. This column is specifically about punting, not special teams in general, although that still is significant in certain instances. We feel that punters aren't getting respect. It's time to show love to the punter! We did it! We finally made…

College Football’s Most Boring, Albeit Successful Programs

College Football’s Most Boring, Albeit Successful Programs

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day (as I do way too often, admittedly) and I saw this tweet from the Omaha World Herald, From @swmckewonOWH: In wild Big Ten West, stability wins — and that means Wisconsin. https://t.co/JxhBP59xj7 pic.twitter.com/jryNHaJpK0— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) August 23, 2017 My first thought was, "yeah, Wisconsin is…

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

The Open Man College Basketball 100 continues. If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Every Thursday until tip-off of the 2017-18 college basketball season, The Open Man is counting down storylines. Part 2 dives into the SEC, top recruiting classes and NCAA Tournament dreamers. 11. SEC: It Just Means More? John Calipari restored…

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer of…

Ranking The 17 Best Nonconference Games of 2017

Ranking The 17 Best Nonconference Games of 2017

Fewer than two months remain until the 2017 college football season kicks off. The Open Man's Preview Listapalooza transitions into a Rankapalooza! Fans and pundits alike often lament the imbalance and other imperfections of nonconference play. Why do some Power Five teams go without scheduling a single Power Five opponent? Why don't the leagues have…

Who Can Beat Alabama? A History Lesson Previewing 2017

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…

Deshaun Watson Delivered On A Dream

Deshaun Watson Delivered On A Dream

Everyone dreams big. Very few make their wildest dreams reality. Deshaun Watson is one of the exceptions. As a high schooler four years ago, Watson foretold Monday night's performance. Me. In a National Championship Game. I'm just waiting on that moment.— Deshaun Watson (@DeshaunWatson4) January 8, 2013 Watson had his moment in 2016, skewering the…

National Championship at the Half

National Championship at the Half

Nick Saban-coached teams are tough to beat. Saban-coached teams with a lead at halftime, as Alabama owns over Clemson in the National Championship Game, are virtually unbeatable. The Crimson Tide took a 14-7 lead into intermission over Clemson. If the Tigers rally, they'll be just the seventh opponent in Saban's decade-long tenure at Alabama to…

Reader Poll Results: LOL Cena (and Clemson) Wins

Reader Poll Results: LOL Cena (and Clemson) Wins

U Can't C The Tigers, their time is now? So sayeth the voters in a CFB Huddle Twitter poll predicting tonight's College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Clemson won, in the process beating two opponents with lofty, championship credentials: Alabama, and John Cena. John Cena won't play for a championship tonight in Tampa. He'll have…

The Six-Pack: National Championship Game Edition

The Six-Pack: National Championship Game Edition

CFB Huddle's weekly preview column, The Saturday Six-Pack, took a hiatus for much of the 2016 regular season. A clear violation of Rule No. 76, if ever there was one. 2017 is a new year, and there's no better time to play like a champion than on National Championship Night. In honor of the third…