Big 12 Preview: A Season of Change in 2017

A lot can change in a year. In August of 2016 the Big 12 Conference was in the midst of a silly and ill-advised expansion process with an all-comers procedure that produced over two dozen wannabe candidates. In the 360 or so days since then, the expansion plug was (smartly) pulled. Plans proceeded on the…

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…

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 1 Saturday 6-Pack Part 1: From Dublin to Lambeau

Already declared the greatest opening Saturday in college football history, Week 1 deserves a picks column befitting the occasion. In this case, however, a singular column simply isn't befitting the occasion. Standard fare here at CFB Huddle is to examine the weekend's six best games in a six-pack format. Last year's Week 1 also featured…

Heisman Top 10: Big 12 Heisman Contenders

Since the conference's formation two decades ago, the amount of Big 12 Heisman winners (5) trails only the SEC (6). However, we approach the fifth year since a Big 12 Heisman candidate last hoisted the hardware; the longest drought in the league's history. Robert Griffin III dazzled in 2011, edging two-time Stanford runner-up Andrew Luck…

Who Should Be College Football Commissioner?

Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher both came out in favor of a college football commissioner; a figurehead who could bring a level of uniformity to the sport. Recent news underscores the value of universal governance, from the benign -- the flap over satellite camps, for example -- to the serious, like coach-imposed transfer restrictions. A…

Week 9 Thursday Six-Pack: A Weekend Treat Come Early

Not since Week 1 has CFB Huddle had a Six-Pack for a Thursday slate. A six-game weeknight to open Week 9 is cause for celebration, even if it means diverting my attention from AMC's annual horror marathon, Fearfest. You'll have plenty more opportunity to catch the worthwhile installments in the Halloween franchise -- the original,…