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…

Saturday Six-Pack, Thursday Edition: Opening Night Picks

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…

Game Balls: Mike Gundy’s Media Days Mullet

Game Balls: Mike Gundy’s Media Days Mullet

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin-inspired hairdo, debuted at this week's Big 12 Media Days, captures the tone of this time of year. The head Cowboy's mullet sports business in the front, and coaches do indeed push the serious tone during media day season. But, the party in the back…

Alternate and Throwback Helmets College Football Needs

Alternate and Throwback Helmets College Football Needs

Tulane unveiled sharp, new throwback helmets Tuesday, with make use of a classic Green Wave logo. Though it's a look that's been done before, the buzz generated around college football social media and websites demonstrates the love fans have for a good, old-school look. The following programs should follow Tulane's lead with a regular throwback…

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Defense 2016

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Defense 2016

Tyler Matakevich rose from All AAC Defense to national defensive player of the year last season. The Temple Owls linebacker is NFL-bound, leaving a spot for another American Athletic defensive standout to reach the pinnacle this year. ALL-AAC 2016 DEFENSE Among the great stories of the American's rise a season ago: Temple's emergence. The Owls…

American Athletic Conference Preview 2016: Prologue

American Athletic Conference Preview 2016: Prologue

Teams from around the American Athletic Conference last season adopted #AmericanRising, a Twitter hashtag that perfectly described the state of the league's football in 2015. Commissioner Mike Aresco's declaration at AAC Media Days in August that the league was striving to make the Power Five the Power Six essentially called the American's shot. American teams…

Big 12 Expansion Candidates: Names To Know

Big 12 Expansion Candidates: Names To Know

Big 12 expansion may not be inevitable -- the University of Texas reportedly has issues, and it's well established that the Longhorns wield more clout than much of the conference. Nevertheless, as the din of conference realignment grows, and nonsensical arguments contingent on seemingly arbitrary percentages gain traction, the possibility of Big 12 expansion has…

Q&A: Quarterback Competitions; Best Video Games

Q&A: Quarterback Competitions; Best Video Games

Quarterback competitions dominate springtime around college football. Though few quarterback competitions are decided until August -- at least publicly -- these are the stories that most intrigue fans and media during these 15-practice allotments. This week's CFB Huddle Q&A fittingly opens with a question on quarterback competitions. Let's get to it -- but first, mandatory…

Aug. 24 News: Big Gain and A Big Loss for Tennessee Vols

Aug. 24 News: Big Gain and A Big Loss for Tennessee Vols

Good news came with bad news for Butch Jones' Tennessee Vols over the weekend. The good news: Tennessee picked up a commitment from Hunter Johnson, a 5-star quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class. The Brownsburg, Indiana, product told ESPN.com's Derek Tyson: "Tennessee was my first offer," Johnson said. "I've always believed in them from the…

TBT: Breaking Up With The SEC

TBT: Breaking Up With The SEC

Of the SEC's 14 current universities, 10 were charter members in 1932. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt had help launching the Southeastern Conference from Georgia Tech, Sewanee: The University of the South and Tulane. Tulane was the last of the charter members to leave the SEC, parting…

College Football News May 11: Illinois Lineman Blasts Tim Beckman

College Football News May 11: Illinois Lineman Blasts Tim Beckman

News from the college football scene is somewhat tame this time of year, but a former Illinois lineman generated incendiary headlines Sunday with his Twitter tirade against Illini head coach Tim Beckman and his staff. Deadspin catalogued the entire rant of Simon Cvijanovic, the former Illinois lineman who accused Beckman of serious physical and psychological…