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…

Headlines from the 2017 College Football Season

There's no escaping headlines in 2017. I wake up every morning petrified of reading the latest headline alert pushed through my smartphone notifications. But the headlines we are talking here at The Open Man are different. These are headlines for what might happen during the 2017 college football season: Notre Dame probably won't go 4-8,…

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…

Texas or Notre Dame: Who Bounces Back in 2017?

Texas and Notre Dame are two football programs that share company among the most elite of college football. Both boast national championships, Heisman Trophy winners, and are the only two with entire television networks dedicated to their exploits. The two also share a more dubious distinction: The almost inevitable expectations set for both are met…

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…

National Whiparound Week 7: Notre Dame In Trouble

Week 7 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- especially for sinking Notre Dame and head coach Brian Kelly. Two top-ranked teams were tested and needed overtime to keep their undefeated records in tact. One team rolled past a ranked rival to provide even more credibility to its College Football Playoff chances. And with Notre…