Potential New Arenas Give The NCAA Tournament Reason to Love Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia has a population of more than 8 million, a number that’s steadily climbed for decades and ranks 12th in the United States. There are three metro areas with more than a million residents, five with more than a quarter million and 10 greater than 100,000. The state is home to two…

Ranking The 17 Best Nonconference Games of 2017

Fewer than two months remain until the 2017 college football season kicks off. The Open Man's Preview Listapalooza transitions into a Rankapalooza! Fans and pundits alike often lament the imbalance and other imperfections of nonconference play. Why do some Power Five teams go without scheduling a single Power Five opponent? Why don't the leagues have…

Ranking The ACC-Big Ten Challenge Games for 2017

In a series pairing two of college basketball's deepest conferences, it's impossible to not feature at least a few quality matchups. Nevertheless, the games for the 2017 ACC-Big Ten Challenge, announced Thursday, missed some golden opportunities for marquee contests. The ACC-Big Ten Challenge occupies an important date on the college basketball calendar. The season's a…

Rating The Watchability of ESPN’s Week 1 Schedule

ESPN released its Week 1 broadcast schedule on this, the 100-day mark until the first full weekend of college football. Thursday's release does not cover the network's entire Week 1 plan -- ESPN 2, ESPNU and SEC Network games remain TBD -- but the full slate of contests on the main ESPN and ABC are…

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…

Talk Me Out of Georgia Tech in the ACC Coastal

The ACC Coastal looks to be wide-open in 2016, as it has been pretty much any season since Virginia Tech's reign of dominance ended a half-decade ago. The division's sent a different representative each of the last three seasons, and on paper, six of the ACC Coastal's seven teams could realistically advance to Charlotte for…