7 Breakout Offensive College Football Players for ’17

With the July Fourth holiday in the rear-view, the road to college football season is clear. The first round of media day events kick off next week, marking the first major milestone on the way to opening weekend. The Open Man's 2017 College Football Preview revs into high-gear as the fall fast approaches. Setting us…

Isaiah Thomas: Mr. Relevant

Irrelevant? Not Isaiah Thomas. The last selection in the NBA draft doesn't get an official Mr. Irrelevant label like his NFL counterpart. So, since the final pick of the 2011 NBA draft is not irrelevant in a recognized capacity, a few official titles for Isaiah Thomas: • NBA All-Star. • The Eastern Conference's leading scorer…

To Beat Clemson, Bo Scarbrough Can Channel Dalvin Cook and James Conner

Clemson football owes its place in a second consecutive College Football Playoff championship game to the evolution of its defense under coordinator Brent Venables. Since Dabo Swinney drew the line after the 2012 Orange Bowl -- the result of Kevin Steele's defense giving up 70 points to West Virginia -- Clemson's consistently featured one of…

National Whiparound Week 11: Pitt Pounces on Clemson

Week 11 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- including several big upsets that are sure to cause a major shakeup in the College Football Playoff rankings. Three top-4 teams -- No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Washington -- were all defeated for the first time all season. That will make…

Week 10 Heisman Top 10: Dalvin Cook Comeback?

Precedent dictates certain criteria for Heisman contention: A candidate must typically be either the quarterback or running back of a national championship-contending team, with very few exceptions in the award's history. So, when a Florida State fan site lamented Dalvin Cook's drop in the Heisman race following the running back's best game of the season,…

Predicting The Nov. 1 College Football Playoff Rankings

ESPN airs the first College Football Playoff rankings tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and the affair is sure to be controversy-free, right? I mean, the Associated Press Top 25 and Coaches Poll both have the same unbeaten teams ranked in the Top 4, so there's no way the Playoff committee could possibly deviate, right? Well...…

National Whiparound Week 9: Deshaun Watson, Clemson Survive Scare

Week 9 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- most notably the matinee matchup in the ACC. No. 3 Clemson defeated No. 12 Florida State in a game that went down to the wire. The weekend also provided yet another convincing performance from Michigan, a huge upset in the SEC East and another victory…