Heisman Top 10: A Bedlam One-Two Leads Through 3

Heisman Top 10: A Bedlam One-Two Leads Through 3

The 112th installment of Bedlam will not commence until November, but early indicators of the annual Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry tilt suggest more than bragging rights are at stake in 2017. Through three weeks of the college football season, quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph are 1-2 in The Open Man Heisman Top 10, tracking reputable…

West Coast Offense: A Pac-12 Championship Rematch Headlines Week 4

West Coast Offense: A Pac-12 Championship Rematch Headlines Week 4

Last December's Pac-12 Championship Game went to halftime with Washington ahead of Colorado 14-7, and I was ecstatic. It was my fourth year covering the Pac-12 Championship, and the three previous installments ended in scores of Stanford 38, Arizona State 14; Oregon 51, Arizona 14; and Stanford 41, USC 22. Each of those three contests…

Is A Storybook Win Over Texas Setting USC Up for Disappointment at Cal?

Is A Storybook Win Over Texas Setting USC Up for Disappointment at Cal?

We’re not even four weeks into the season and I already can’t with it. The No. 5 Trojans are 3-0 going into their first road trip of the season, where they’ll face the California Golden Bears in what those in the Trojan family call “the Weekender.” Normally, the Weekender is for taking the trip up…

Heisman Top 10 Through Week 2: Baker Mayfield Surges

Heisman Top 10 Through Week 2: Baker Mayfield Surges

Baker Mayfield ended each of the last two seasons with Heisman-worthy numbers, and earned an invitation to New York in 2016. Should the Oklahoma quarterback continue at his current pace, he just might join recent Sooners quarterback Jason White and Sam Bradford in the exclusive club of winners. Mayfield surged into a tie in this…

Why Though? Ronald Jones II ‘Horns,’ Baker Mayfield’s Flag

Why Though? Ronald Jones II ‘Horns,’ Baker Mayfield’s Flag

Every week, The Open Man's Trenise Ferreira examines the topics around sports that are making us mad and asks: WHY THOUGH? Are We For Real Talking About Vacated Losses Right Now? Really? The No. 4 USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns are set to class on Saturday, in a game that’s billed as a rematch of…

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.…

Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Welcome to a very self-referential edition of The Open Man Weekend Q&A! Not to worry: The self-reference isn't a series of recurring inside jokes. There are other outlets that can cover that. No, this brand of self-reference touches on a variety of columns I have written this summer. What's surprising is how organically this opportunity…

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer of…