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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After the Mariners came alive late in Monday's series opener to hand the Houston the loss and keep their playoff picture hanging in the balance, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday to try and decrease their magic number. Here's how the middle game went:

Final Score: Astros 6, Mariners 1.

Record: 28-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Casey Sadler (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

Both teams trade first-inning runs

The Astros struck first in Tuesday's game, not waiting around until the ninth inning to get on the board. Instead, they jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead after a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker in the top of the first. The Mariners responded quickly, though, getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning before a two-out RBI-double of their own to tie it 1-1.

Astros score five in the sixth

The 1-1 score held all the way until the top of the sixth when the Astros would flip the script from the night prior, taking advantage of some mistakes by Seattle to put up a big inning. First, Michael Brantley started the inning with a solo go-ahead homer to make it 2-1. Then, Kyle Tucker would get his third hit of the night with one out before eventually scoring after a walk and two wild pitches, making it 3-2. With two walks to keep the inning alive and put some insurance runs on base, Martin Maldonado took advantage with a big three-run home run to extend the lead to 6-1.

Valdez finishes seven strong, Astros even series

After allowing the one run in the bottom of the first, Framber Valdez recovered and put together a solid outing on the mound. He allowed just five hits total, two of which came in the first, then back-to-back singles in the fourth and a single in the fifth, while otherwise keeping the Mariners at bay. He would end up completing seven innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 108 P.

After Valdez, Enoli Paredes would take over in the bottom of the eighth, working around a leadoff single to get a scoreless inning to keep it 6-1. In the non-save situation, Josh James would come in for the bottom of the ninth and finish off the win for Houston.

Up Next: The finale and rubber game of this three-game set will start a bit earlier on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35 ERA) for the Mariners going against Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90 ERA) for the Astros.

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