Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Return to Campus

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Return to Campus

Week 1 of the 2017 college football season spread action over five consecutive days, featured the greatest upset in the game's history; the second-biggest comeback ever; and a Monday night finale that came down to a double-overtime two-point conversion attempt. How, exactly, can Week 2 meet that high standard? Well, the answer is rather easily.…

Mountain West Football Preview 2017: Wide Open on Mountain High

Mountain West Football Preview 2017: Wide Open on Mountain High

When Boise State joined the Mountain West Conference in 2011 -- the same year BYU and Utah exited, and one year prior to TCU's departure -- consensus dictated the Broncos would run roughshod over the league. It's been a half-decade, and Boise State has just one, outright conference championship. Meanwhile, once-sleeping giant San Diego State…

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…

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

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…

Can A Wave of Success Carry Coastal Carolina into FBS Unknown?

Can A Wave of Success Carry Coastal Carolina into FBS Unknown?

Good times are rolling for Coastal Carolina athletics. Chanticleer baseball has long been high quality, but stuck in Joe Flacco territory -- no one would call it elite. That's changed over a few weeks this summer, with Coastal Carolina advancing to the first College World Series in program history, and Saturday, beating TCU for a…

Big 12 Expansion Candidates: Names To Know

Big 12 Expansion Candidates: Names To Know

Big 12 expansion may not be inevitable -- the University of Texas reportedly has issues, and it's well established that the Longhorns wield more clout than much of the conference. Nevertheless, as the din of conference realignment grows, and nonsensical arguments contingent on seemingly arbitrary percentages gain traction, the possibility of Big 12 expansion has…

Satellite Camp Ban Hurts Recruits and Programs

Satellite Camp Ban Hurts Recruits and Programs

The NCAA-ratified satellite camp ban, announced Friday, hurts college football's programs that stand to benefit the most. Jim Harbaugh may have to wear his shirt more as a result of the satellite camp ban, but Michigan will soldier on. Harbaugh's NFL resume and unorthodox yet winning ways combine with the Wolverines' historical prominence to ensure…

Q&A: New Coordinators Set for Success

Q&A: New Coordinators Set for Success

Numerous head coaching changes around college football beget new coordinators in new locations. In this week's CFB Huddle Q&A, I'll give you my new coordinators set up for the most success in their first year. I also had a lot of fun envisioning a sixth power conference. A LOT of fun. Perhaps a little too…

Bowl Preview Bonanza, Part II

Bowl Preview Bonanza, Part II

Opening weekend for the 2015 bowl season did not disappoint. Kenneth Dixon became college football's new touchdown king in New Orleans. One Mountain West team, San Jose State, rallied in Orlando, while another, New Mexico, fell just short in Albuquerque. Appalachian State's torrid comeback in Montgomery sealed the Mountaineers' first bowl win in program history,…

Northern Illinois Upset of Toledo No Surprise

Northern Illinois Upset of Toledo No Surprise

Northern Illinois handed AP No. 20/CFP No. 24 Toledo its first loss of the 2015 season, and the Rockets' sixth straight defeat in the series since 2010. In this half-decade, Toledo's been a quality program, playing in four bowl games with a fifth on the way. Northern Illinois' just been a little bit better. Tuesday's…

Sputtering Auburn Headlines Week 3 Thirsty Thursday

Sputtering Auburn Headlines Week 3 Thirsty Thursday

Feeling a bit parched early into the 2015 college football season? The Auburn Tigers should be, scraping by to a 2-0 start with an offensively anemic showing against Louisville, then surviving against Jacksonville State because of inexplicable end-of-game management. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas' Bret Bielema don't exactly see eye-to-eye often, but the…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Potential Playoff Play-In

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Potential Playoff Play-In

The first week of the college football season was somewhat bereft of great games. Even most of the marquee matchups were lackluster. To wit, four of the first Saturday Six-Pack were decided by double digits. We can let that slide on Week 1; it's just refreshing to have college football back. However, Week 2 brings…