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…

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,…

Observations from Post-NBA Draft Deadline Top 25 Rankings

College basketball rosters for the 2017-'18 season are mostly set following last week's NBA draft deadline. With that offseason milestone, we have a more clear picture of what to anticipate come autumn -- certainly more so than in April, when I compiled my initial Top 25 for Athlon Sports. I'll have an updated Top 25…

Rating The Watchability of ESPN’s Week 1 Schedule

ESPN released its Week 1 broadcast schedule on this, the 100-day mark until the first full weekend of college football. Thursday's release does not cover the network's entire Week 1 plan -- ESPN 2, ESPNU and SEC Network games remain TBD -- but the full slate of contests on the main ESPN and ABC are…

National Whiparound Week 9: Deshaun Watson, Clemson Survive Scare

Week 9 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- most notably the matinee matchup in the ACC. No. 3 Clemson defeated No. 12 Florida State in a game that went down to the wire. The weekend also provided yet another convincing performance from Michigan, a huge upset in the SEC East and another victory…

Wrestling Belts, ConFLiCT and The Spirit of College Football Rivalry

A rule of thumb in professional wrestling: If a match involves a trophy, chances are it's getting smashed. UCF didn't take a play out of Bad News Brown's playbook from WrestleMania IV, but the Knights leaving the Civil ConFLiCT Trophy at Rentschler Field after beating UConn Saturday sent a similar message. It also marks a…