THE SEC REPORT

A&M dropped the ball, LSU showed a weakness and Georgia took care of business

LAST WEEK

Now this was the kind of weekend college football was made for! Texas A&M lost another important game, LSU might have shown some weakness and Georgia proved how strong the top of the SEC truly is. These were some epic games. A&M is now playing for pride and a mid level bowl game but that's ok, it's been a good season but that loss to Auburn ended all hopes for them. Georgia played a great game against Notre Dame and it was worth watching. LSU's defense is allowing a lot of points to be scored and it's becoming a trend to me.

THREE STARS OF LAST WEEKEND

Garrett Shrader, running back of Mississippi State, had 125 yards on eleven caries. Holy smokes that's the stuff of legends right there.

Elijah Moore, wide receiver of Ole Miss, even though they lost he had eleven catches for 102 yards. He was the security blanket of that offense and while they came up short, he worked hard in that game.

Kyle Trask, quarterback of Florida, in his first start he gets to go out there and prove the coach right and beat up on struggling Tennessee. It would have been easy to lose and blame the nerves but he came through.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

This weekend, the first game that jumps out of the schedule at the casual SEC fan is A&M vs Arkansas.

A&M desperately needs a win to stop the losing and they are now in danger of falling straight out of the top 25. The tough competitive game will be Kentucky at South Carolina as the rest of the week is set up for blowouts as LSU and Florida are off.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

South Carolina Gamecocks Defense, they're going to have to play a lot better if they want to turn their season around and Kentucky is as good a team to start against.

Bo Nix, quarterback of Auburn, it's telling how a quarterback plays the week after a big win. And winning on the road in Kyle field is as big as it can get.

Jimbo Fisher, head coach of Texas A&M after their second high profile loss it'll be important to see how the head coach handles getting this team ready for the rest of the season.

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