Four Downs on College Football Week 3: It’s Beginning to Feel Like 2007

Four Downs on College Football Week 3: It’s Beginning to Feel Like 2007

College football isn't and will never be the NFL -- and thank the Gridiron Gods for that. Amateurs -- even if they're the best fraction-of-a-percent of amateurs -- still are not professionals. College football is played, primarily, by 18-to-23-year-olds who are more prone to mistakes than their professional counterparts. It's for this reason a Saturday…

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

The Open Man College Basketball 100 continues. If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Every Thursday until tip-off of the 2017-18 college basketball season, The Open Man is counting down storylines. Part 2 dives into the SEC, top recruiting classes and NCAA Tournament dreamers. 11. SEC: It Just Means More? John Calipari restored…

7 Surprise Teams to Watch in College Football 2017

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…

7 Breakout Defensive College Football Players for ’17

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…

Veteran Leadership vs. Youthful Potential in College Basketball

Veteran Leadership vs. Youthful Potential in College Basketball

The final sequences of the 2016-17 college basketball season featured all five starters on the North Carolina Tar Heels' national championship-winning roster touching the ball. Those five Heels -- Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hick -- were all either juniors or seniors. North Carolina winning the 2017 national championship…

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…

Week 8 Saturday Six-Pack: Going Off The Grid

Week 8 Saturday Six-Pack: Going Off The Grid

The Week 8 docket isn't particularly impressive on paper, but you know what that means. Buckle in for upsets and wild finishes galore. Paring down to the six best games for the Week 8 Saturday Six-Pack was no easy task. Pinpointing any clear upset candidates is challenging -- that's why they're upsets. To that end,…

Four Downs on Week 5: Back to The SEC Drawing Board

Four Downs on Week 5: Back to The SEC Drawing Board

Everything you presumed to know about the SEC, either in the preseason or over the course of the 2015 campaign's first month, can probably go in the trash. Welcome to Four Downs, where I'll happily accept your refuse! Just be sure to separate the recyclables -- the end of the Nick Saban dynasty -- from…

Kentucky Basketball Can Learn from USC Football

Kentucky Basketball Can Learn from USC Football

The undefeated Kentucky basketball team is four wins from joining college basketball's most elite club: the club of undefeated national champions. In many ways, Kentucky basketball's flirtation with history is reminiscent of the dominant run on which USC football went a decade ago. This Kentucky team has been mentioned in the same breath as the…