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…

College Basketball Top 25 Moves

Last week, I shared my observations on trends within the various college basketball top 25 rankings that surfaced following the NBA draft deadline. This week, it was my turn to take a crack at reshuffling projections. AthlonSports.com published my Top 25 Monday morning, and there are several noteworthy changes from the initial outlook I put…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: The Hangover

Week 1, college football binged on a loaded docket freely dubbed The Best Opening Weekend Ever. Week 2 brings the unavoidable hangover. Despite taking an inevitable dip in top-to-bottom intrigue, the Week 2 slate is not completely lacking for quality football. A trio of dormant series revived headline Week 2: BYU and Utah in the…

Heisman Top 10: Big 12 Heisman Contenders

Since the conference's formation two decades ago, the amount of Big 12 Heisman winners (5) trails only the SEC (6). However, we approach the fifth year since a Big 12 Heisman candidate last hoisted the hardware; the longest drought in the league's history. Robert Griffin III dazzled in 2011, edging two-time Stanford runner-up Andrew Luck…

Is The Big 12 Conference Salvageable?

How close the Big 12 Conference was to full implosion six years ago this month, the world may never truly know. So many conflicting accounts surfaced at the time, and still leak out today, it's difficult to parse reality from fiction. Colorado was the first to go, leaving for the former Pac-10 on the 10th.…

College Football Countdown: No. 93 Ndamukong Suh

A defense-only player has never won the Heisman Trophy in its eight decades of existence. Ndamukong Suh probably should have, though. Mark Ingram played a key role in Alabama's first national championship run since 1992, but his nomination to the Heisman always felt like a conciliatory measure; there were four worthy nominees, but Ingram played…

5 For Friday: Malik Zaire, Max Browne and More QB Stories

Just one quarterback can line up at a time, a harsh reality for players like Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer. The two Notre Dame quarterbacks have both demonstrated the ability to captain the Fighting Irish offense more than competently, and against high-level competition. However, only one can guide Notre Dame in 2016. The quarterback battle…