Heartbeat of the Heartland: Big 12 Faces Non-Conference Tests in Week 3

Heartbeat of the Heartland: Big 12 Faces Non-Conference Tests in Week 3

Texas Tech was conspicuous by its absence in Week Two. The Red Raiders opened the season on Sept. 2 with a solid 56-10 victory over Eastern Washington, a top team in the FCS ranks, but because of a quirk in the schedule they were idle on the second Saturday of the season. Playing one week…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Return to Campus

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Return to Campus

Week 1 of the 2017 college football season spread action over five consecutive days, featured the greatest upset in the game's history; the second-biggest comeback ever; and a Monday night finale that came down to a double-overtime two-point conversion attempt. How, exactly, can Week 2 meet that high standard? Well, the answer is rather easily.…

7 Surprise Teams to Watch in College Football 2017

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

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 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

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…

College Football Countdown: No. 93 Ndamukong Suh

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

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…

Robert Sarver’s Silly Millennial Blaming

Robert Sarver’s Silly Millennial Blaming

This is a college football website, so Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver blaming his NBA franchise's woes on "millennial culture" seems a bit out of place here. And, because this is a college football website, I'll refrain from harping on how Robert Sarver's failed tenure heading the Suns is a disaster, bound for its sixth…

Expansion to An 8-Team Playoff Won’t Satisfy

Expansion to An 8-Team Playoff Won’t Satisfy

The second-ever College Football Playoff came together as perfectly as could be imagined, and yet, din for an 8-team Playoff is loud. Spinal Tap loud. When it comes to major media outlets and personalities pushing for Playoff expansion, it goes to 11. USA Today alone published two columns on an 8-team Playoff in the same…