B1G Football 2017 Preview: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the punt

It is with great regret that I must inform you all that another season of Big Ten (B1G) football is upon us. This is the part where you all run away. For those of you willing to stay, you've been warned. But yes, we have another season of B1G, which is very exciting if you…

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…

7 Surprise Teams to Watch in College Football 2017

Like a 250-pound running back barreling out of Alabama's backfield, The Open Man College Football Preview Listapalooza simply cannot be stopped! The emergence of surprise contenders is one of my personal favorite inevitabilities of any college football season. Who could have predicted Troy ascending to the Top 25 a season ago -- and I like…

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…

Archaic NCAA Recruiting Rules Need Revisiting

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The NCAA-mandated “quiet” period for recruiting was anything but at the University of Virginia last week. Visitors rotated in and out of the Cavaliers basketball offices, laughing and glad handing, but Tony Bennett and his staff had to be careful not to be caught outside for too long, lest they be accused…

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…

National Whiparound Week 11: Pitt Pounces on Clemson

Week 11 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- including several big upsets that are sure to cause a major shakeup in the College Football Playoff rankings. Three top-4 teams -- No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Washington -- were all defeated for the first time all season. That will make…