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

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

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

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

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

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 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…