7 Surprise Teams to Watch in College Football 2017

Like a 250-pound running back barreling out of Alabama's backfield, The Open Man College Football Preview Listapalooza simply cannot be stopped! The emergence of surprise contenders is one of my personal favorite inevitabilities of any college football season. Who could have predicted Troy ascending to the Top 25 a season ago -- and I like…

Mele Kalikimaka: Hawaii’s Holiday Spot on the Bowl Calendar

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you. Hawaii's other way of wishing America a Merry Christmas is through college football, a tradition going strong since 1937. I have a special affinity for Hawaii at the holidays. My one visit to the Islands was my honeymoon, one week before Christmas. There was…

Duke Helmet Honors One of the Most Important Games Ever

Alternate uniforms rarely warrant mention in college football anymore, but the new Duke helmet, unveiled on the program's equipment staff Twitter account Thursday, is a very noteworthy exception. .@DukeFBEquipment does it again. We'll wear these Battleship Grey helmets November 5 against Virginia Tech. #DukeGang pic.twitter.com/gpiMcubnho— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 20, 2016 The "Battleship Grey" Duke…

A New Crew of Quarterbacks Will Shape Pac-12 in 2016

Quarterback play has long defined the identity of the Pac-12, dating back well before the conference had 12 or even 10 members. The 1960s had Heisman Trophy winners Terry Baker and Gary Beban; the '70s produced Dan Fouts, Jim Plunkett, Sonny Sixkiller and Warren Moon. Troy Aikman, John Elway and Rodney Peete did their thing…

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…

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. A Perfect Fit for Mike Riley

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. committed to Nebraska Wednesday, in a video produced by Bleacher Report. Keyshawn Johnson Jr. has always followed in his dad's footsteps, but will he blaze his own path now? #TheCommitmenthttps://t.co/CqiATXFPhW— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 23, 2016 Johnson's commitment accentuates a strength of Cornhusker head coach Mike Riley, which looked like one of…

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…