THE SEC REPORT

LSU marches on, Florida survives and Georgia rolls

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LAST WEEKEND

LSU obliterated Utah State in an effort to remind the world of College Football that they're really good even when most of the SEC isn't playing. Florida pulled out an impressive, ugly win over Auburn and Georgia just absolutely smited Tennessee.

THREE SUPERSTARS

Joe Burrow, quarterback of LSU; Put another five touchdowns up through the air and rushed for another last weekend as he continues his campaign for Heisman consideration.

The entire defense of Florida: Auburn had been averaging over 30 points a game coming to the swamp and then they turned around and held them scoreless in the second half and to only 13 points for the whole game.

John Rhys Plumlee, running back of Ole Miss, on 22 carries he nailed 165 yards and a touchdown up on the board. Give this kid the rock.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

This is an obviously huge weekend in college football with great games all over the schedule but two of them happen to come right from the SEC. Texas A&M is hosting Alabama and A&M can't lose another game this season. Florida travels to LSU hot off their win over Auburn and they have a shot at a conference championship lined up directly in their sights with a win here, but LSU sees the same thing in their future.

PLAYERS TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback of Alabama, this is where Tua needs to sharpen up and start gearing up for this year's playoff run. If Alabama is going to win a National Championship, these are the level of games they'll need to be great in to win.

Joe Burrow, quarterback of LSU, this is an awesome game and it's going to be him or Florida's defense that comes out on top. Who wants it more?

D'Andre Swift, running back of Georgia, for the second week in a row the table is set for this guy to run through a lesser opponent. Yards, yards and touchdowns, keep an eye on the scoreboard for this game.

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Houston has lost seven of eight

Mariners ride big fifth inning to series win over Astros

Jake Odorizzi earned his second loss as an Astro Sunday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

With the losing streak behind them by taking the middle game on Saturday night, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Sunday afternoon to try and make it back-to-back victories to take the series. Instead, they'd suffer their seventh loss in the last eight games.

Final Score: Mariners 7, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 7-8, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ljay Newsome (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-2)

Odorizzi locks in through four while Houston grabs a lead

Jake Odorizzi did not start his afternoon the way he needed to in order to have a good rebound outing compared to his first start. In the 37-pitch first inning, he issued two walks and an RBI-single, putting the Mariners at a significant advantage early. Odorizzi flipped the switch, though, finding a rhythm to retire the next ten batters after that RBI-single to get through four innings with just one run allowed.

Offensively for Houston, they quickly responded to Seattle's run in the first with one of their own in the top of the second, capitalizing on some shoddy defense by Seattle to get Carlos Correa to second to set up an RBI ground-rule double by Aledmys Diaz, tying things up 1-1. It stayed that way until the top of the fifth when a leadoff walk by Chas McCormick would turn into a run after a stolen base and two sacrifice flys to give Houston a 2-1 lead.

Mariners explode for four in the fifth

The lead was short-lived, as Seattle would explode in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single and one-out walk to set up a two-RBI triple by Mitch Haniger to go ahead 3-2. That would prompt Dusty Baker out of the dugout to end Odorizzi's day and move on to Brooks Raley. Raley would not fare any better, giving up a two-run homer to Ty France to extend Seattle's new lead to 5-2. He would finish the inning, putting Odorizzi's line final: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 89 P.

Seattle takes the series

Seattle would strike again in the bottom of the seventh against Joe Smith. After a leadoff walk, the Mariners would get back-to-back one-out RBI-doubles to extend their lead to 7-2. After Smith in the seventh, Peter Solomon would make his major-league debut in the bottom of the eighth and work around a one-out walk for a scoreless inning. Houston would then come up empty in the top of the ninth, dropping the finale and the series to Seattle.

Up Next: The Astros will travel to Denver tonight and get an off day tomorrow. Tuesday night, they'll start a quick two-game set with the Rockies at 7:40 PM Central. Houston currently has Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 5.27 ERA) penciled in as their starter, but with ongoing illness, he has not yet been fully confirmed. For the Rockies, Jon Gray (1-1, 2.87 ERA) is expected to start.

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