THE SEC REPORT

LSU exploded and Tennessee disappointed this weekend; big games for A&M, Tigers this week

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LSU debuts their new Run-Pass Option offense and for the first time in several years, they have an offense that could make them a top team this year.

Week 1 has come and gone and there weren't a ton of surprises although there were a few disappointments. Most notably among the let downs was Tennessee losing to Georgia State, who while not a total cupcake shouldn't be beating top level programs, which means Tennessee isn't a top-level program. Perhaps most impressive this week was LSU debuting their new offense and scoring an angry 55 points. The biggest oddity of the week was Alabama's woeful first half against Duke before turning on the football and finishing the game in the third quarter.


The Three Stars of last weekend were:

Tua Tagovailoa, the quarterback of Alabama, who in one third quarter reminded everyone why he's on the short list for the Heisman this year.

D'Andre Swift, the running back of Georgia, ran for almost 150 yards in under 20 carries. That's a monster of a game.

Bo Nix, quarterback of Auburn, the true freshman got to live out every freshman quarterback's dream and lead a comeback against a top 15 opponent in the closing minutes of a game to save the season, on week one.

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This weekend, every true college football fan is watching Texas A&M and Clemson on Saturday, this game helps shape the whole season with big time implications if Texas A&M can knock off the reigning National Champs. Saturday night LSU and University of Texas are playing, and this game will be one of the brightest feathers in the cap of the winner and the reason why the loser isn't in the four-team playoff at the end of the year probably.

The Three Players to Watch this week:

Joe Burrow, quarterback of LSU, this is his first real test of the season after coming off of five touchdowns last week. He can throw it, but now can he throw it against another big time ranked opponent in a hostile environment.

Kylin Hill, running back of Mississippi State, who posted almost 200 yards and is the proverbial work horse. The battle of Mississippi will be decided by Hill and his performance.

Jajuan Jennings, wide receiver of Tennessee, if Tennessee has any hope of righting their season it's going to have to start here against BYU where yet again they are the favorite and it's going to take a big game from their leaders like Jennings.


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The Houston Texans kept it closer than the experts thought they would, but couldn't pull out a victory. Here are 11 observations from the loss in Cleveland to the Browns.

1. The game looks totally different if Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor finishes the game. Taylor left at halftime with a hamstring injury. He was playing exceptionally well against his former team. Taylor is not expected to play Thursday according to NFL Network.

2. Davis Mills had a rocky NFL debut which was to be expected. Mills looked to have the wrong elements of a few plays. He also couldn't hit backup wideout Andre Roberts over the middle and threw an interception. It was a fine performance considering what Mills showed he could do in the preseason.

3. Mills didn't work with a full load of offensive weapons in the second half. Rookie wideout Nico Collins didn't return to the game after his lone catch and big run early in the game. Veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola left the game with an injury. Tight end Anthony Auclair left with an eye injury. The Texans entered the game without wide receiver Anthony Miller who was inactive.

4. Brandin Cooks is a monster through two games. He is the most dangerous skill position player on the team, and defenses still have trouble covering him and staying with him. Cooks turned in yet another impressive day for this team and hauled in a Davis Mills touchdown pass.

5. The Browns did a solid job against the ground game of the Texans. Mark Ingram averaged under three yards per carry and Tyrod Taylor was the only rusher to have a big play on the ground. This led to a fair number of third-and-long situations which the Texans usually had trouble converting.

6. Justin Reid was set to increase his payday on his next contract with his early play. Reid forced a fumble and had an interception in the first half. Unfortunately, Reid would leave the game multiple times with injuries. The knock on Reid has always been his health.

7. The Texans were worn down by the Browns rushing attack all day. Once Cleveland committed to the run they saw the success of their work culminating in a 26-yard scamper by Nick Chubb for a touchdown. The Browns didn't run as much as I excepted them to run early.

8. Tim Kelly had another nice day calling plays. Kelly remains creative in finding ways to get the ball out of Taylor's hands quickly as well as manufacturing matchups where the Texans can win and pick up yards. He even got creative to get Davis Mills a passing touchdown late in the game. Kelly has been very impressive through two games.

9. Andre Roberts was inexcusably bad today. The Texans defense held on the opening drive and his muffed punt eliminated the momentum from the defensive stand. He also had poor returns on kickoffs. His lone job is to be a solid returner, and he failed at that on Sunday.

10. David Culley had a head-scratching decision foregoing an offsides call on a third down. The head coach opted for the result of the third down, and a punt on fourth down, instead of another third down. He did not explain himself well postgame on the decision either.

11. The Texans hung tough and should feel solid about where they could have been without the injury to their quarterback. With no Taylor in the short week, it will not be easy to beat the Panthers who upset the Saints on Sunday.

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