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…

College Gameday Is Comin’ To Your City — Or Not

It might not feel like it in these early summer days, but college football will be back sooner than you think. With that, comes all the traditions, and that includes ESPN's College Gameday. Yes, Gameday has become a staple for the college football season. Every Saturday for three months, we get the tradition of watching…

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Luke Falk, Brad Kaaya and The NFL Dilemma

When I asked Mike Leach on Monday if Tuesday's Holiday Bowl would be quarterback Luke Falk's last game as a Cougar, the Washington State head coach was immediate and definitive. "Won't be his last game [at Washington State]," he said. But following the Cougars' 17-12 loss to Minnesota, Luke Falk himself was less certain when…

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…

2016 Pac-12 Media Days Goes Light on Quarterbacks

The 2016 Pac-12 media days list of attendees* (*subject to change) features as many punters as quarterbacks. To add to that peculiarity, the only quarterback slated for attendance at the event next month in Hollywood -- Colorado's Sefo Liufau -- has been rehabbing from a Lisfranc injury to his left foot that cast uncertainty on…

It’s Hard Out Here for Coordinators

Coordinators operate as college football programs canaries-in-the-coal-mine, or Uncle Elmer's trick knee just before a tornado. Abrupt dismissal of a coordinator often suggests impending trouble, or damage control amid ongoing turmoil. The relatively short shelf-life of most coordinators is reflective of today's win-now college football landscape, albeit at warp-speed. This week alone, four programs coming…

Making The Program: Coaches Talk Building Winners in College Football

College football coaches have never been under greater pressure to win more, and win sooner, than ever before. Last decade, the grace period for building a winning program was roughly four-to-six years, depending on the situation a head coach inherited. That's enough time for a recruiting cycle to play out, from signing day to Senior…