Ranking The Matchups for the 2017 PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

Ranking The Matchups for the 2017 PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

Save some room Thanksgiving weekend for the inaugural PK80 Phil Knight Invitational, college basketball's newest -- and arguably most loaded -- early-season tournament. The brackets for the debut PK80 were released Wednesday, and the opening rounds on both sides of the bracket feature some of the best matchups of the entire 2017-'18 nonconference slate. 8.…

Amid Big 12 Talk, UConn Football Has Big-Time Potential

Amid Big 12 Talk, UConn Football Has Big-Time Potential

Establishing a flourishing football program presents a challenge at an established Basketball School. That's the kind of stigma UConn football must overcome to make a compelling case for Big 12 Conference expansion. Make no mistake, adding Connecticut basketball -- men's or women's -- to a league that already features several bonafide hardwood powerhouses improves the…

Game Balls: Happy Canada Day

Game Balls: Happy Canada Day

Another happy Friday to you all, a pleasant July, and a merry Canada Day to our neighbors up north. Much like America's own Independence Day, Canada Day celebrates the nation's gradual departure from the British Empire with the ratification of the 1867 Constitution Act. See, before England craved isolationism, it sought to unify the world…

American Athletic Preview 2016: Ranking The Nonconference Games

American Athletic Preview 2016: Ranking The Nonconference Games

CFB Huddle's American Athletic Preview Week turns focus outside the AAC and to the ACC, Big 12, Mountain West, MAC. From these conferences come opponents in some of the AAC's most promising non-league dates. Nonconference play contributed to the positive perception of the American a year ago: Houston's defeats of Louisville and Vanderbilt, Memphis routing…

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Defense 2016

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Defense 2016

Tyler Matakevich rose from All AAC Defense to national defensive player of the year last season. The Temple Owls linebacker is NFL-bound, leaving a spot for another American Athletic defensive standout to reach the pinnacle this year. ALL-AAC 2016 DEFENSE Among the great stories of the American's rise a season ago: Temple's emergence. The Owls…

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Offense 2016

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Offense 2016

The Preseason All AAC nominees spotlighted as part of the CFB Huddle season preview series may not include many household names -- not yet, anyway. But the emergence of stars like Keenan Reynolds and Paxton Lynch a season ago proved the star power residing in the American Athletic Conference. This year's crop is rife with…

American Athletic Conference Preview 2016: Prologue

American Athletic Conference Preview 2016: Prologue

Teams from around the American Athletic Conference last season adopted #AmericanRising, a Twitter hashtag that perfectly described the state of the league's football in 2015. Commissioner Mike Aresco's declaration at AAC Media Days in August that the league was striving to make the Power Five the Power Six essentially called the American's shot. American teams…

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…

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part III: Bowl Season Is Rolling

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part III: Bowl Season Is Rolling

Now that Christmas is past, the bowl season kicks into high-gear. For college football fans, the coming week is akin to the various post-Christmas sales retailers offer immediately after Dec. 25. For bargain-hounds, the holidays are just beginning. It's the same for football junkies, who have a deluge of games now through New Year's to…

College Football News June 8: Pac-12 Announces Injury Spotters

College Football News June 8: Pac-12 Announces Injury Spotters

Safety concerns remain one of the most vexing issues for football at all levels. In the college game, the Pac-12 is enacting a proactive in 2015 with the introduction of injury spotters. The conference issued a release to media Sunday night, detailing this and other new measures designed to combat players participating with injuries --…

College Football Playoff vs. Final Four

College Football Playoff vs. Final Four

The introduction of the first College Football Playoff and its four-team format was sure to spawn comparisons to college sports' other four-team spectacle, basketball's Final Four. Remove preference of football or basketball from the equation. Based purely on the ethos of each spectacle, which is superior? This year marks the first time fans can debate…