THE SEC REPORT

Mississippi State lost a close game, Tennessee finally won and Florida looked vulnerable

Mississippi State lost a close game, Tennessee finally won and Florida looked vulnerable
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LAST WEEKEND...

This weekend in college football was a surprisingly tame one. The SEC saw only great days on the field with the exception of Mississippi State having to go to their Freshman back up in the second half and losing to Kansas State. Tennessee finally found someone they can beat and Florida may want to start celebrating their run in the top ten in days and not weeks.

THE THREE STARS OF LAST WEEKEND

Isaiah Spiller, running back, A&M, ran for116 yards on only 14 carries and made two housecalls against Lamar. A monster of a game.

Cale Garrett, inside linebacker, Missouri, had a pick 6 very early on in their dominant win against The Redhawks and finished the game with a shut out.

The SEC as a whole; which after 3 full weeks has 5 teams in the top 10. Alabama, Georgia and LSU in the top 5 and Florida and Auburn towards the bottom and while I don't think Florida will stay up there and one of Alabama, Georgia and LSU will eventually come out of that top 5, it is impressive right now.

GAMES TO WATCH

This weekend, there are exactly three games that need to be watched in the SEC. Florida hosting Tennessee, simply because I feel like this is where the upset could happen; Florida has been a shaky high rank and Tennessee has actually started to feel good about itself. In the afternoon slot, Auburn comes to Texas A&M in a powerhouse matchup that will be worth the watch as the true Freshman quarterback of Auburn, Nix, continues his dream season. Saturday night, Notre Dame comes to Georgia and we'll see if they brought a golden fiddle.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

The Three Players to Watch this week:

Jarrett Guarantano, quarterback, Tennessee had three touchdowns on 7 completions and 142 yards of offense. That's the kind of efficiency and killer instinct he'll need to stay in this game against Florida.

Bo Nix, quarterback, Auburn, this kid is too young to know how impressive he's playing and hopefully he isn't listening to any of the praise and staying levelheaded. He's proven he doesn't get rattled by the moment, so can he win on the road in one of the loudest stadiums in college football, Kyle Field?

The Georgia defense. They are going to be playing a potent, hard to stop, mobile quarterback-based offense. Every time there isn't a great pass open, he's going to run, so they have to cover everyone including him, it's going to be a true test.

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Alex Bregman had three RBIs and his tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

The game was tied at 2 with one out in the seventh when Chas McCormick reached on a throwing error by rookie shortstop Xavier Edwards. There were two outs in the inning when Bregman sent an off-speed pitch from Huascar Brazobán (1-2) into the seats in left field to make it 4-2.

“Our offense has been swinging the bat really well and swinging to good pitches over this last stretch,” Bregman said. “And today was one of those days that we didn’t really have too much traffic on the bases, but we found a way to get it done.”

The victory was Houston’s seventh straight at home and comes after the Astros dropped the final two games of a series at Minnesota last weekend.

Ronel Blanco (9-3) allowed four hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings for the win.

“He’s got guts,” manager Joe Espada said. “He goes out there, he competes, he understands what’s at stake and that we needed a good outing after losing a series in Minnesota... he gave us a chance to win and that’s what he’s been doing all year."

Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a leadoff homer for the Marlins and Jesús Sánchez’s solo homer tied it in the seventh before Bregman’s go-ahead shot.

Chisholm singled with two outs in the eighth and stole second base. The Marlins cut the lead to one when he scored on a single by Bryan De La Cruz. Josh Hader walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 16th save.

Miami starter Trevor Rogers permitted six hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings before Brazobán took over.

Chisholm sent Blanco’s fourth pitch into the seats in right field to give Miami an early lead. De La Cruz singled after that before Blanco settled in.

He retired the next 17 batters, with six strikeouts, before De La Cruz walked with two outs in the sixth. Blanco then struck out Josh Bell to end the inning.

Jake Meyers singled with two outs in the second before a walk by Mauricio Dubón. The Astros tied it at 1-1 when Meyers scored on a single by McCormick.

Dubón doubled to start Houston’s fifth but was out on a fielder’s choice that allowed McCormick to reach. McCormick stole second base and the Astros took a 2-1 lead when he scored on a single by Bregman.

Sánchez tied it when he connected off Blanco on a shot to left field to start the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander, who has been out since June 16 with neck stiffness, is playing catch every other day but isn’t sure when he’ll return.

“It really just depends on each step, so if it continues to progress the way I would like, hopefully it’s not too long,” he said Tuesday. “I don’t even know what too long means as I say that though. So, it could be very soon. It could be a few weeks.”

UP NEXT

Houston LHP Framber Valdez (7-5, 3.84 ERA) opposes RHP Bryan Hoeing (0-1, 1.99) when the series continues Wednesday night.

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