"The Stack" 9-6-16

Florida State started out slow, but turned it on in the second half against Ole Miss, going on to win 45-34. Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Florida State started out slow, but turned it on in the second half against Ole Miss, going on to win 45-34.
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Just days before the NFL regular season begins, Sam Bradford has a new team. The Minnesota Vikings addressed their quarterback issues by trading a first round pick and a conditional fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford.
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Rory McIlroy won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday as the PGA FedEx Cup playoffs continue. The top 70 players remain.
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The Stack is back on this Tuesday and I hope everyone enjoyed their long Labor Day weekend.  Sure it stinks to get back to work today, but football is back this week!  The NFL kicks off their season on Thursday.  The Stack will have our NFL season preview post on Thursday so make sure to come back for that.  Now though, let’s take a look and see what made “the stack” for today, Tuesday, September 6th:


The weekend that was in college football


Opening weekend of the college football season was getting billed as the biggest of all time.  It certainly delivered close to those lofty expectations.  The weekend saw two top five teams lose (#3 Oklahoma and #5 LSU) for the first time since 1972.  The Sooners found out just how good quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and the Houston Cougars are.  That 109-yard missed field goal returned for a touchdown was tremendous.  As if you needed me to tell you, watch out for Houston.  Apart from a road game at Louisville their schedule is set up for them to perhaps go undefeated and be in the running for a spot in the college football playoff.  LSU looked lifeless and listless in their 16-14 loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field.  Their quarterback play is atrocious.  They need more from Brendan Harris.  Les Miles needs to recruit better quarterbacks to LSU.  It shouldn’t be that hard.    


Michigan looked impressive in the 63-3 win over Hawaii, but remember it is Hawaii.  Clemson did not look great in their 19-13 at Auburn.  A lot of room for improvement and I’m sure we will see it as the season continues.  Deshaun Watson is too good not to have this Clemson Tigers team improve. 


Mississippi State should be embarrassed after losing to South Alabama 21-20.  The Bulldogs missed a field goal with seconds left…a 28-yard field goal that doinked off the uprights to be exact.  Kentucky lost to Southern Mississippi 44-35 after holding a 35-10 lead.  Not great times in the SEC.


The best game of the week was in Austin, Texas, where the Longhorns shocked Notre Dame 5-47 in double overtime.  This freshman quarterback that the Longhorns have, Shane Buechele, is awfully impressive and Tyrone Swoopes was asked to run a lot and he did, scoring the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime.  Quite a disappointing loss for the Fighting Irish, but maybe we (especially I) have underestimated Texas coming into this third season under head coach Charlie Strong. 


One final note to the week was the game Monday night between #4 Florida State and #11 Ole Miss.  Florida State started out really slow, but laid the onslaught on in the third quarter scoring 23 points and completely swinging momentum in favor of the Seminoles.  They wound up winning 45-34.  Ole Miss started fast, but definitely faded as the game wore on.  Four turnovers did not help.  Florida State dominated the time of possession in this one.  Plus they have a new kicker from the Aguayo family.  Ricky Aguayo was a perfect 6-for-6 on his field goals and made all three extra points.  Always nice to have a kicker who you are confident can make the kick and it appears that is what Florida State has with Aguayo.


Next week’s slate isn’t a great one.  The best game of the week figures to be Tennessee against Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.  150 thousand fans are expected to attend.  Should be a great spectacle and game.  Arkansas heads down to TCU to face the Horned Frogs and there are a few late games of intrigue including Cal versus San Diego State and Washington State at Boise State.  We’ll see how it all goes down.


Bradford traded to the Vikings


Saturday brought about the stunning news that the Minnesota Vikings traded a 2017 first round draft pick plus a conditional 2018 fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for starting quarterback Sam Bradford.  The Vikings were in the market for a quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater went down with a season ending knee injury on Tuesday in practice, but I would say there was an initial level of shock throughout the state and the fan base when news of this spread. 


At first, it doesn’t make much sense.  Why would a team give up a first round draft pick for a guy who has largely underperformed and has had two ACL injuries himself.  But you look back at the last three games of the season last year and how Bradford threw it and what kind of team the Vikings have around Bradford to support him and you realize it just made too much sense.  The Vikings have a great defense and the best running back in football arguably in Adrian Peterson.  This is the most talented team that Bradford will be on in his entire career.  He doesn’t need to be a hero.  He just needs to get the job done.  Take care of the football and don’t turn it over.  I think the Vikings will be able to help in that and with this move they have saved their season.  They should still make it to the playoffs and though unlikely could still repeat as NFC North division champions. 


Some people want Vikings general manager Rick Spielman fired.  This would be a huge mistake in my opinion.  Spielman has built this Vikings roster and set it up so that the team has success for years to come.  They are very young.  Why fire him because Bridgewater suffered a season ending injury?  Makes no sense.  Bradford is not Bridgewater, but he is more than capable of taking the Vikings to the playoffs and saving this season.


Rory McIlroy wins Deutsche Bank Championship


As the PGA playoffs continue the Deutsche Bank Championship took place in Massachusetts and Rory McIlroy charged from behind to win the tournament with a final score of fifteen under (-15).  Rory’s tournament did not start out as planned, but he played great after that and well into Sunday to win the tournament.  He is now number three in the world and advanced to next week’s tournament in Indiana where the field will get marked down even more.  We’ll see if McIlroy can keep the momentum up.  Here’s hoping he can.


The U.S. Open is still going on in tennis and baseball playoff chases are getting good.  We’ll have much more on that next week.


Coming up Thursday: 2016-17 NFL season preview