Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer 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…

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…

There Is No Meaningless Bowl Game

On either side of BYU head coach Kalani Sitake sat mud-soaked players, fresh off a 24-21 win over Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl. "The win is all them. They're the ones [who] are dirty," Sitake said. "I'm only dirty because they hugged me and they dumped Powerade on me." Running back Jamaal Williams joked, had…

Week 10 Heisman Top 10: Dalvin Cook Comeback?

Precedent dictates certain criteria for Heisman contention: A candidate must typically be either the quarterback or running back of a national championship-contending team, with very few exceptions in the award's history. So, when a Florida State fan site lamented Dalvin Cook's drop in the Heisman race following the running back's best game of the season,…

Sam Houston State Is No. 1; Power Programs, Take Note

Any number of administrators and boosters from FBS power programs would be wise to pay attention to this week's Football Championship Subdivision ranking, which has Sam Houston State No. 1. Sam Houston State's been a stalwart of the FCS for the last half-decade, appearing in each of the last five Playoffs, with two national championship…

What Lands A Coach on the Hot Seat?

Hot seat lives in ubiquity among college football punditry. For as prevalent as the term might be, however, the roadmap for a coach landing on one is a mystery. Unpacking how some of the more recent occupiers of college football's more noteworthy hot seats came to sit, there's a unifying theme. Consider the head coaches…