Friday(ish) Q&A: N64 Wrestling Games; Pac-12 Media Days Storylines

With the bustle of Pac-12 media days, Friday Q&A took a backseat. And yet, we persist! This is the best week of questions since Q&A's inception, so a hearty thank you is owed to you fine readers of The Open Man. Keep them coming, and hopefully my As live up to the standard of your…

Can College Football Reclaim Its Fun?

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The proverbial elephant in the room at Loews Hollywood Hotel's Dolby Theater proved too big for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to ignore. In his opening address to open Pac-12 football media days, Scott thanked reporters on hand for attending in difficult times for the industry. The commissioner had no need to elaborate…

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…

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.…

There Is No Meaningless Bowl Game

On either side of BYU head coach Kalani Sitake sat mud-soaked players, fresh off a 24-21 win over Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl. "The win is all them. They're the ones [who] are dirty," Sitake said. "I'm only dirty because they hugged me and they dumped Powerade on me." Running back Jamaal Williams joked, had…

I Still Love The Heisman

Tonight's the night some -- not all; it's never all -- of college football's best don formal wear, grin politely at corny jokes, and wait a few hours for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy. The recipient is often a foregone conclusion, as appears to be the case this time around. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson…

Dealing With College Football Injuries: “Challenge,” “Opportunity”

Rich Rodriguez has probably seen enough injuries in the last season-and-a-half to last him the remainder of his time in college football. However, as his injury-plagued Arizona Wildcats prepare to face a Stanford Cardinal bunch that has been as banged up this season, Rodriguez said the last two seasons are an anomaly in the larger…