100 Things to Follow in College Basketball 2017-18, 1-10

Today marks 100 days until the tipoff of the 2017-18 college basketball season. If you have made it this far, you deserve a can of Coke and hearty pat on the back, as the offseason is more than halfway complete. To commemorate this milestone in the arduous march back to basketball, The Open Man offers…

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…

Ranking The Matchups for the 2017 PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

Save some room Thanksgiving weekend for the inaugural PK80 Phil Knight Invitational, college basketball's newest -- and arguably most loaded -- early-season tournament. The brackets for the debut PK80 were released Wednesday, and the opening rounds on both sides of the bracket feature some of the best matchups of the entire 2017-'18 nonconference slate. 8.…

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…

Heisman Top 10: Big Ten Heisman Contenders in 2016

The 2016 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the last Big Ten Heisman recipient. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the 2006 edition of the award in a landslide, beating out Arkansas running back Darren McFadden 2,540 votes to 878. It stood as the Big Ten's biggest rout of the SEC all the way until…

Q&A: Quarterback Competitions; Best Video Games

Quarterback competitions dominate springtime around college football. Though few quarterback competitions are decided until August -- at least publicly -- these are the stories that most intrigue fans and media during these 15-practice allotments. This week's CFB Huddle Q&A fittingly opens with a question on quarterback competitions. Let's get to it -- but first, mandatory…

No, The SEC Isn’t The Best Conference — But Is There One?

An AL.com column came across my timeline Thursday morning, positing this question: What happens to the "SEC is weak" narrative if the conference wins the games it's supposed to win this bowl season? https://t.co/T8OvFgJSU1— AL.com sports (@aldotcomSports) December 17, 2015 Bowl season is the last hope for the SEC to salvage its reputation as the…