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…

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…

A Craig Sager Story

A Craig Sager Story

Craig Sager's passing on Thursday prompted a flood of memorials and homages, most from people who knew the sideline reporter better than I -- and by better, I mean knew him at all. Nevertheless, when a person's beamed into your home weekly for several years, it's easy to feel as though you know their personality.…

Week 1 Saturday 6-Pack Part 1: From Dublin to Lambeau

Week 1 Saturday 6-Pack Part 1: From Dublin to Lambeau

Already declared the greatest opening Saturday in college football history, Week 1 deserves a picks column befitting the occasion. In this case, however, a singular column simply isn't befitting the occasion. Standard fare here at CFB Huddle is to examine the weekend's six best games in a six-pack format. Last year's Week 1 also featured…

Heisman Top 10: Big Ten Heisman Contenders in 2016

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…

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…

Projecting The Dec. 1 College Football Playoff Ranking

Projecting The Dec. 1 College Football Playoff Ranking

So, this is it: the one before The One. Tuesday's is the last time the College Football Playoff committee plays pretend with the rankings before issuing the actual final four and bowl pairings. Heading into Championship Week, at least one of the four spots is spoken for. The ACC, Big Ten and SEC Championship Games…

Week 10 Saturday Six-Pack: Alabama-LSU Headlines Stellar Slate

Week 10 Saturday Six-Pack: Alabama-LSU Headlines Stellar Slate

Week 10 features arguably the best, top-to-bottom slate of any one college football Saturday yet this season, with College Football Playoff preliminary Top 4 showdown Alabama-LSU headlining. Not that the nighttime tussle in Tuscaloosa needed any additional stakes. LSU controls its destiny in the SEC West, while Alabama has been surging since losing to Ole…

The Last Time The Michigan Defense Allowed A Point…

The Last Time The Michigan Defense Allowed A Point…

With its 38-0 rout of Northwestern, the Michigan defense has gone an incredible three weeks and three games without yielding a point. The Wolverines' current stretch matches the program's best since Nov. 1-15. 1980, when it blanked Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue in succession. The No. 1 song when Michigan completed that three-game spell was Kenny…

MLB Playoffs vs. The Bowl System

MLB Playoffs vs. The Bowl System

The MLB Playoffs technically begin tonight with the New York Yankees hosting the Houston Astros. I say technically because the one-game Wild Card matchup doesn't yet feel to me like a real part of baseball's October tradition. It functions to the MLB Playoffs as the First Four does to the NCAA Tournament -- only the…

2015 or 1995? Northwestern As B1G Title Material

2015 or 1995? Northwestern As B1G Title Material

Two decades ago, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald helped the Wildcats to an improbable Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl run. Recent past goes further into Northwestern's rear-view mirror... Final: Northwestern shuts out Minnesota 27-0. The Wildcats match their win total from each of the past two seasons— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) October 3, 2015…

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…