The Stack wrote the 2013-14 college football preview last week and in between fantasy football drafts and Labor Day, we're back to talk about some of the headlines and storylines from week one of the college football season now that week one is in the books. There are a few other ones to talk about as well, so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, Septembber 3:
College football week 1 thoughts
Week 1 of the 2013-14 college football season is in the books and to say that there aren't a few storylines and headlines from the weekend is very, very wrong. Here are a few that really stand out:
- Johnny Manziel's antics. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half of the game against Rice. The suspension of the first half is a joke, plain and simple. After Manziel's actions Saturday, the joke may be on Manziel. While his play was outstanding going 6-8 with three touchdowns and rushing for 19 yards, his jawing with defenders, unsportsmanlike conduct and money gestures is embarrassing. Manziel is immature, plain and simple. This shows he hasn't learned anything from his whole ordeal this summer. Head coach Kevin Sumlin pulled Manziel after the upsportsmanlike conduct, but that was after the money symbol and autograph gesture, something the refs and Sumlin failed to see. Sumlin said he would have pulled Manziel had he seen it. If he hasn't sat down and talked with Manziel already and told him that one more antic like this and he's done, he needs to. Manziel is great for college football, but what he did against Rice is completely unacceptable.
- Heisman Trophy quarterbacks stand out. It's only one week, and it's very easy to get carried away with the Heisman talk, but there were some performances that really stood out. Clemson quarterback Taj Boyd was fantastic throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 42 yards and two touchdowns in leading #8 Clemson to a 38-35 win over #5 Georgia. Boyd led Clemson time after time and played very, very well. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater also had a performance that stood out. He went 23 for 28 for 355 yards and five touchdowns with one interception in the Cardinals 49-7 win over Ohio. Bridgewater really started to turn heads last year and more performances like the one on Sunday will only make him the favorite to win the Heisman. And what if we have back-to-back freshman winning the Heisman? It could happen if we see more games like the one we saw from Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston Monday night against Pittsburgh. A ho-hum 25 for 27 for 356 yards and four touchdowns in Florida State's 41-13 win over Pittsburgh. He also ran for a touchdown. Again, he's a freshman! There will be more difficult games ahead, but after one week, it could be that Winston is this year's Manziel.
- FCS has strong showing. Normally, FBS teams schedule FCS teams as a way to prepare themselves for the more difficult games ahead. A glorified scrimmage if you will. That however is prooving not to be the case, especially after this weekend. It started Thursday night when Towson beat Connecticut 33-18 and continued Friday night when North Dakota State (back-to-back national champions) beat Kansas State 24-21 (where's Collin Klein?). And it was in full swing Saturday with likes of McNeese State destroying South Florida 53-21 and Eastern Washington knocking off #25 Oregon State 49-46. What a week! You hear more and more of FBS teams not scheduling games against the FCS because a loss will destroy your chances of going to a BCS bowl game and you see why. Adding insult to injury, these FCS teams got to go home with a pretty nice sized paycheck. In all seven FCS schools beat FBS schools. Not a bad day at all.
Here's hoping week two and the rest of the season going forward is as exciting as week one was.
NFL quick hits
The NFL season is fast approaching (NFL preview blog Thursday) and there is a lot of excitement in the air. There is a sigh of relief in New England where Rob Gronkowski practiced in full pads Sunday and was on the field for the walkthrough yesterday which makes you think that he'll be back on the field for the Patriots soon. He may miss this week against Buffalo, but the fact that he is back practicing with the team is good news for the Patriots, particularly Tom Brady. And good news for fantasy owners as well...It appears to be de ja vu all over again for Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn. Reports are that Terrelle Pryor is the team's starting quarterback for their week one game at Indianapolis. Head coach Dennis Allen said he wouldn't name a starter until Sunday, but one of the quarterbacks blabbed and now Allen will have to answer to these reports. It won't matter. The Raiders will still stink. Feel a little bad for Flynn having this happen to him twice...And surprise, surprise! RGIII will start Monday night against Philadelphia according to head coach Mike Shanahan. And here I was sweating it out, wondering if he would play. We all knew he would start.
Before I go, congratulations to 64-year old Diana Nyad, who in her fifth attempt swam from Cuba to Florida with no protective cage. She is the first person to achieve such a feat. It took her 53 hours, but she did it. Think about that. That is a long ways away and she is 64! Phenominal. I know I could never do it. Such endurance. What a story, what an accomplishment!
Coming up Wednesday: Reaction to Tuesday's top stories plus thoughts on Roger Federer losing at the U.S. Open