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

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

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…

Predicting The Nov. 1 College Football Playoff Rankings

ESPN airs the first College Football Playoff rankings tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and the affair is sure to be controversy-free, right? I mean, the Associated Press Top 25 and Coaches Poll both have the same unbeaten teams ranked in the Top 4, so there's no way the Playoff committee could possibly deviate, right? Well...…

National Whiparound Week 8: Down Goes Ohio State

Week 8 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- most notably Penn State's upset of Ohio State in Happy Valley. The weekend also provided yet another signature performance from Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, a dominant win from both Alabama schools and another heartbreaking loss for Texas. Here's a look at four of the biggest…

What Would You Do With Powerball Money?

An excellent topic came across the ol' Twitter timeline Tuesday afternoon -- that's @kensing45 for you not hip to the game -- positing a "Powerball Theory." Was telling someone about my Powerball Theory the other day and they seemed half impressed and half "is this dude joking?"— Athens Grease (@Athens_Grease) October 4, 2016 The Powerball…

What Lands A Coach on the Hot Seat?

Hot seat lives in ubiquity among college football punditry. For as prevalent as the term might be, however, the roadmap for a coach landing on one is a mystery. Unpacking how some of the more recent occupiers of college football's more noteworthy hot seats came to sit, there's a unifying theme. Consider the head coaches…