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…

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…

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Luke Falk, Brad Kaaya and The NFL Dilemma

When I asked Mike Leach on Monday if Tuesday's Holiday Bowl would be quarterback Luke Falk's last game as a Cougar, the Washington State head coach was immediate and definitive. "Won't be his last game [at Washington State]," he said. But following the Cougars' 17-12 loss to Minnesota, Luke Falk himself was less certain when…

Saturday Six-Pack Week 3: Top 25 Throw-Down

Week 3 in the 2016 college football season takes us to Munich, Germany, for this installment of the Saturday Six-Pack. Why? Because a loaded smorgasbord on the gridiron here in the States coincides with the first day of the Oktoberfest celebration. More on that in the Six-Pack later. First, we feast on a Week 3…

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…

Appalachian State-Miami Quick Sellout A Win for G-5

The Appalachian State-Miami game slated for Sept. 17 sold out its ticket allotment faster than scalpers could scoop up Adele seats last December. Thanks for ruining the Christmas gift I had planned for my wife, jerks. Anyway, the one-hour window in which fans snapped up seats for the Hurricanes' historic visit to Kidd Brewer Stadium…