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…

Ranking The ACC-Big Ten Challenge Games for 2017

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…

P.J. Fleck Brings A New Flair to Minnesota Football

P.J. Fleck Brings A New Flair to Minnesota Football

Some of the most popular names in professional wrestling history came from the great state of Minnesota. The impending hire of P.J. Fleck channels the same kind of spirit that made Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair stars of the squared circle into Golden Gopher football. Fleck's youthful exuberance and high-energy emanates through his…

Tracy Claeys Out at Minnesota

Tracy Claeys Out at Minnesota

It was all good just a week ago. Funny what seven days can change. Tracy Claeys sat at his Holiday Bowl postgame press conference, a trophy to his left and beaming players around him. It was cool when you had hella wins to tout -- the bowl game made nine, most for Minnesota football in…

Saturday Six-Pack, Thursday Edition: Opening Night Picks

Saturday Six-Pack, Thursday Edition: Opening Night Picks

The time is upon us: Opening Night 2016. College football is back! ...OK, college football's been back for a little less than a week now, with Cal-Hawaii and Charleston Southern-North Dakota State kicking off the season last weekend. But, for all intents and purposes, college football is REALLY back Thursday! Opening Night isn't as loaded…

Game Balls: Haters Will Say Minnesota Faked Kicks

Game Balls: Haters Will Say Minnesota Faked Kicks

Haters will say CFB Huddle's Game Balls concept is a weak facsimile of other weekly rundown column elsewhere. Thanks to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, I've learned to brush it off. Enjoy the best of the week in college football. Haters Will Say These Kicks Are Faked Forget Dude Perfect: University of Minnesota specialists turned the…

Q&A: A Sopranos Head Coach for Rutgers; Best IC Champs

Q&A: A Sopranos Head Coach for Rutgers; Best IC Champs

HBO grew into the hub for critically acclaimed, mature TV it is today thanks to one series: The Sopranos. With all due respect to OZ -- or Dream On or Spawn, if those were your sorta thing -- The Sopranos was the first series that made HBO must-subscribe television. This week's edition of CFB Huddle…

In Honor of the Cubs: Greatest Droughts in College Football

In Honor of the Cubs: Greatest Droughts in College Football

Baseball season is right around the corner, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training camps in the coming week. Growing up a fan of the Chicago Cubs, springtime usually brings with it irrational exuberance, followed by almost immediate disappointment. But after a surprise run to the NLCS last autumn, I have realistic hope the…

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part IV: Beginning of The End

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part IV: Beginning of The End

The proliferation of bowl games that facilitated 5-7 postseason participants (2-0, suckers!) accelerated in the last five years. However, it began with a creep at the turn of the millennium. Before various pre-Christmas bowls surfaced in the early 2000s, this week between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 was the appetizer ahead of the New Year's…

We Could All Take Inspiration from Jerry Kill

We Could All Take Inspiration from Jerry Kill

I don't intend for the following to read as a eulogy. Jerry Kill's sudden retirement as head coach of the Minnesota football was prompted specifically because Kill didn't want the game to be the reason he was eulogized. His long and ongoing battle with epileptic seizures forced Kill to a crossroads. "Last night, when I…

Minnesota Mascot Goldy, Breakfast Cereal Spokes…Gopher?

Minnesota Mascot Goldy, Breakfast Cereal Spokes…Gopher?

How am I just now learning General Mills launched a series of advertisements for Reese's Puff Cereal starring Goldy, the Minnesota mascot? Pertinent information here, people. My Friday afternoons are typically spent mindlessly bouncing around YouTube deep in research. Today, the below clip showcasing both the Minnesota mascot and the Golden Gophers' locker room pre-rolled.…

Week 5 Saturday Six-Pack: Conference Play Heats Up

Week 5 Saturday Six-Pack: Conference Play Heats Up

Conference season kicking into full gear across the nation means nothing but loaded Saturdays for the next nine weeks; well, at least until the week before Thanksgiving. Thanks, SEC. Week 5 ushers in October, the meat of the college football season, with some tasty offerings from early conference play. Four of the Power Five conferences…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Potential Playoff Play-In

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Potential Playoff Play-In

The first week of the college football season was somewhat bereft of great games. Even most of the marquee matchups were lackluster. To wit, four of the first Saturday Six-Pack were decided by double digits. We can let that slide on Week 1; it's just refreshing to have college football back. However, Week 2 brings…