Heisman Dark Horses to Know in 2017

For those new around here, let me share something that will become abundantly clear over the course of the college football season: I love the Heisman Trophy. For all its faults, my youthful fascination with the award endures. That's a contributing factor to The Open Man's Heisman Top 10, a regular breakdown and ranking 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…

Sam Darnold Hype Takes Pressure Off Lamar Jackson

Three times in the past decade, the previous season's Heisman Trophy winner returned with the possibility of making history. All three -- Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston -- embarked on their encore seasons in a flurry of hype. 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson need not worry about the madness that follows an underclass…

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.…

Observations from Post-NBA Draft Deadline Top 25 Rankings

College basketball rosters for the 2017-'18 season are mostly set following last week's NBA draft deadline. With that offseason milestone, we have a more clear picture of what to anticipate come autumn -- certainly more so than in April, when I compiled my initial Top 25 for Athlon Sports. I'll have an updated Top 25…

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…