Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer of…

Big 12 Preview: A Season of Change in 2017

A lot can change in a year. In August of 2016 the Big 12 Conference was in the midst of a silly and ill-advised expansion process with an all-comers procedure that produced over two dozen wannabe candidates. In the 360 or so days since then, the expansion plug was (smartly) pulled. Plans proceeded on the…

Friday Q&A: Is Robin A Superhero?

Today's Q&A kickoff comes not from Twitter or email, but rather an existential question unintentionally posed by my 3-year-old son. Despite having never watched any media involving superheroes, the characters just appealed to him. And, in turn, my house has been overrun with superhero-themed toys in recent months: A Thomas The Train track that doubles…

College Football Preview: Potential Spoilers for the 2017 Season

At some point during this season, we'll see things like [TEAM HERE] is a legitimate national championship contender. Some of those teams will likely be the usual suspects: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida State; strong 2016 finishers like Penn State and USC; maybe even Michigan. However, that's eight teams. Unless my math is…

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…

Bob Stoops Bows Out as a Legend

In an era of evaluating success only through national or world championships, Bob Stoops' impact on college football too often went underappreciated. "Our players are like family. It was tough to say goodbye." - Stoops #OUDNA #FamilyWatch live on https://t.co/XhOdff0PQn pic.twitter.com/WpejE3FXVb— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) June 7, 2017 Of course, even measuring success strictly by titles,…

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.…