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…

Rating The Watchability of ESPN’s Week 1 Schedule

ESPN released its Week 1 broadcast schedule on this, the 100-day mark until the first full weekend of college football. Thursday's release does not cover the network's entire Week 1 plan -- ESPN 2, ESPNU and SEC Network games remain TBD -- but the full slate of contests on the main ESPN and ABC are…

There Is No Meaningless Bowl Game

On either side of BYU head coach Kalani Sitake sat mud-soaked players, fresh off a 24-21 win over Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl. "The win is all them. They're the ones [who] are dirty," Sitake said. "I'm only dirty because they hugged me and they dumped Powerade on me." Running back Jamaal Williams joked, had…

Heisman History Repeating Itself?

In the first November Heisman Top 10 aggregate of media and voter rankings, some interesting names stand out. This most recent list includes a defense-only candidate; a primarily defense and special teams player; and a Group of Five star. Sure, the top three is populated with the prototypical Heisman contender: the starting quarterbacks of three…

Big 12 Expansion Welcomes The Most Contentious of Topics

Politics, religion and conspiracies! No, this isn't a lede about the presidential race, which mercifully ends in three weeks. Let's talk about Big 12 expansion, which lately incites as much ill-will as any election. While voters get in the booth 22 days from today, Big 12 expansion may have another nine years to fuel speculation…

Saturday 6-Pack Week 1, Part 2

Week 1's slate between kicking off between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 ET alone provided enough great matchups to fill most Saturdays. But that was just the beginning. Part 2 of the Week 1 Saturday Six-Pack rounds out the Best Opening Saturday in College Football History™ with picks for the second half. A couple of ACC…