2017 ACC Football Preview: Maybe we should pump the brakes

The ACC undoubtedly had one of its best football seasons in conference history last season, eding with Clemson winning a national title. Florida State won the Orange Bowl, Georgia Tech won the Taxslayer Bowl, even Virginia Tech won the all-important Belk Bowl. In fact, only three ACC teams lost their bowl games. Lamar Jackson 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…

7 Breakout Defensive College Football Players for ’17

The Open Man's college football 2017 Listapalooza kicked off with the spotlight on offensive players. It's the defense's turn, and this coming season's crop of players features countless potential playmakers. Derek Baity, Kentucky CB One could fairly argue Kentucky's Derek Baity already had his breakout season. After all, the cornerback ranked second among all SEC…

Hitting The Road for the Perfect College Football Road Trip in 2017

College football will be here sooner than you think. We're literally two months away from its return. Is it possible to make a road trip out of its season? Absolutely! Here's how you can do it. Allow us to fill your itinerary! All you'll need to worry about is packing your toothbrush and some extra…

Who Can Beat Alabama? A History Lesson Previewing 2017

Much of college football's allure resides in the sport's unpredictability. Yet, for as much chaos as ensues in any given autumn, the Alabama Crimson Tide provide stability. For as much as fans and pundits might insist that any four teams are surefire contenders for the Playoff, accurately forecasting the field at this juncture might as…

To Beat Clemson, Bo Scarbrough Can Channel Dalvin Cook and James Conner

Clemson football owes its place in a second consecutive College Football Playoff championship game to the evolution of its defense under coordinator Brent Venables. Since Dabo Swinney drew the line after the 2012 Orange Bowl -- the result of Kevin Steele's defense giving up 70 points to West Virginia -- Clemson's consistently featured one of…

I Still Love The Heisman

Tonight's the night some -- not all; it's never all -- of college football's best don formal wear, grin politely at corny jokes, and wait a few hours for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy. The recipient is often a foregone conclusion, as appears to be the case this time around. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson…