The College World Series and My Sports Bucket List

Each year in mid-to-late June, I promise myself that one day -- one day -- I will get to Omaha for the College World Series. The annual NCAA baseball championship may have moved from venerable Rosenblatt Stadium, but the history that comes with nearly seven decades followed the College World Series into TD AmeriTrade Park.…

Ranking The ACC-Big Ten Challenge Games for 2017

In a series pairing two of college basketball's deepest conferences, it's impossible to not feature at least a few quality matchups. Nevertheless, the games for the 2017 ACC-Big Ten Challenge, announced Thursday, missed some golden opportunities for marquee contests. The ACC-Big Ten Challenge occupies an important date on the college basketball calendar. The season's a…

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.…

5 For Friday: The Best College Basketball Courts

Welcome to 5 For Friday: the column in which Your Humble Author ranks or highlights five of a given subject. The inaugural edition -- we'll call it "inaugural" since I haven't done one of these in a while -- received too many great suggestions to limit it to one. So while the centerpiece ranks my…

Duke Helmet Honors One of the Most Important Games Ever

Alternate uniforms rarely warrant mention in college football anymore, but the new Duke helmet, unveiled on the program's equipment staff Twitter account Thursday, is a very noteworthy exception. .@DukeFBEquipment does it again. We'll wear these Battleship Grey helmets November 5 against Virginia Tech. #DukeGang pic.twitter.com/gpiMcubnho— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 20, 2016 The "Battleship Grey" Duke…

ACC Basketball Fans Fill Finebaum Airtime

ACC basketball's NCAA Tournament success, sending six teams to the Sweet 16, has fans of the conference swelling with pride. ACC basketball boasts success similar to SEC football, but the former's collective fan base doesn't have the same reputation. Perhaps all ACC basketball die-hards need is the forum. College football is in a dead period,…

“Missed” Indiana Field Goal Underscores Imperfection of Review

College football's decision-makers should do with the missed Indiana field goal attempt what officials in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl couldn't: give it a long, thorough review. The attempt, which would have sent the Hoosiers and Duke to a second overtime, was met with controversy on the field. Clips of the kick show different outcomes. Indiana's game-tying…