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…

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…

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…

The Cumberland College Rout, 100 Years Later

Most college football fans know the names of various small-school programs: Div. III UChicago was an early banner-carrier for the Big Ten, produced the first Heisman Trophy winner, and competed for championships in the game's early days. Sewanee, also Div. III, was a charter member of the SEC. NAIA Cumberland's similarly known today, though it's…

Week 1 Saturday 6-Pack Part 1: From Dublin to Lambeau

Already declared the greatest opening Saturday in college football history, Week 1 deserves a picks column befitting the occasion. In this case, however, a singular column simply isn't befitting the occasion. Standard fare here at CFB Huddle is to examine the weekend's six best games in a six-pack format. Last year's Week 1 also featured…

Talk Me Out of Georgia Tech in the ACC Coastal

The ACC Coastal looks to be wide-open in 2016, as it has been pretty much any season since Virginia Tech's reign of dominance ended a half-decade ago. The division's sent a different representative each of the last three seasons, and on paper, six of the ACC Coastal's seven teams could realistically advance to Charlotte for…

Heisman Top 10: Ranking ACC Heisman Candidates

CFB Huddle chronicled the Heisman Trophy race last season with the Heisman Top 10, a weekly forecast of voter leanings. This season, I'm taking it a step further with a look at the conferences, starting with the ACC Heisman contenders for 2016. Projecting the field in the preseason relies considerably on the previous year's production…