Week 3 Saturday Six-Pack: Lamar Jackson Gets A Crack at Clemson

Week 3 Saturday Six-Pack: Lamar Jackson Gets A Crack at Clemson

Week 3 is the last of this college football that falls before...well, fall. Autumn equinox is next Friday, which means we're just about fully settled into football season. The beginning of autumn coincides with the start of conference play, and for many teams around the nation, Week 3 is either the final or penultimate weekend…

Remember When: Faxgate for the Florida-Tennessee game

Remember When: Faxgate for the Florida-Tennessee game

The Florida-Tennessee rivalry extends back a century. This weekend's game will be the latest chapter in a series with no shortage of memorable moments. This week's Remember When could have gone with the first meeting that took place in 1916. For this instance, however, we chose to go all the way back to the 1991 Florida-Tennessee…

No Frills But An Impressive Win for Michigan

No Frills But An Impressive Win for Michigan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- An expected result in an unexpected fashion. For No. 11 Michigan opening the season with a grind-it-out, no-frills victory was certainly good enough. This neutral site opener at AT&T Stadium matched two iconic programs from college football’s Cadillac conferences. The Big Ten – which went 8-1 in Saturday’s non-conference games – earned…

College Football’s Most Boring, Albeit Successful Programs

College Football’s Most Boring, Albeit Successful Programs

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day (as I do way too often, admittedly) and I saw this tweet from the Omaha World Herald, From @swmckewonOWH: In wild Big Ten West, stability wins — and that means Wisconsin. https://t.co/JxhBP59xj7 pic.twitter.com/jryNHaJpK0— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) August 23, 2017 My first thought was, "yeah, Wisconsin is…

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…

Sam Darnold Hype Takes Pressure Off Lamar Jackson

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

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.…

The SEC East Dumpster Fire Rages On

The SEC East Dumpster Fire Rages On

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the SEC East is an inferno raging inside a dumpster. The month of November will begin with Kentucky second in the division. That would be the same Kentucky that lost to Southern Miss and gave up 42 points to New Mexico State. Oh, and New Mexico…

Tim Tebow Ain’t Charlie Ward

Tim Tebow Ain’t Charlie Ward

Tim Tebow isn't the first Heisman Trophy winner to try his hand at another sport, though the coverage of his (sorta) attempt to play Major League Baseball might understandably lead one to believe otherwise. In fact, he's not even the first Heisman recipient from the World's Greatest Outdoor Cocktail Party to do so -- Herschel…