LSU's new offense looks spectacular in Week Two, Texas Tech boasts a strong defensive game. Here's a look at what happened in the Lone Star State and with LSU:

Saturday NCAA Football Recap: LSU staves off Texas; Clemson reminds us why they’re No. 1

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​Houston 37, Prairie View A&M 17

The Cougars struck early, finishing their first drive with kicker Dalton Witherspoon drilling a 46-yarder, his longest field goal of the night. Houston then scored on four consecutive drives putting the Cougars up 31-3 with 10:25 left in the first half. That explosive Houston offense was nowhere to be found in the second half in which they only scored once. The missed tackles that haunted the Cougars in their season-opener against the fifth-ranked Sooners went uncorrected in Saturday's game against the overmatched Panthers. The Cougars are going to have to dig deep on both sides of the ball if they want to stand a chance against No. 20 Washington State next week.

Clemson 24, Texas A&M 10

No. 1 Clemson looked comfortable as they won their record-tying 17th straight game with a 24-10 victory over the Aggies on Saturday. The Tigers wanted to leave no doubts that they were a better team than the Aggies after Texas A&M'S nail-biting 28-26 loss to Clemson in 2018. "We wanted to leave no doubt this year," Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. "I think we did that." Aggie quarterback Kellen Mond, who threw for 430 yards against Clemson in their meeting last season, left much to be desired after being restricted to only 236 yards passing with an interception and a fumble on Saturday. Toward the end of the first half, Clemson receiver Tee Higgins reached behind him to grab a pass from Lawrence at the A&M 2. Two plays later, Lawrence scored on a 1-yard run sending the Tigers up 17-3 at the half. The Aggies never recovered. Aggie coach Jimbo Fisher will have plenty to harp on in practice this week as his team struggled on both sides of the ball. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was especially proud of how his secondary responded to keep the Aggies out of the end zone. There was "a lot of talk about our secondary in last year's game versus A&M and these guys responded," Swinney said. Clemson is expected to hold firm to its No. 1 position and the Aggies will likely take a huge dive down the rankings. Texas A&M hosts Lamar next week and Clemson returns to ACC play at Syracuse.

LSU 45, Texas 38

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was on fire, delivering all the big throws for the Tigers in their near-perfect 45-38 win over the Longhorns Saturday night. Burrow threw for 471 yards and four touchdowns. "Man, he was so fired up," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "The kid is a baller. He lives for that moment and I'll tell you what, those were some tough plays." Burrow was laser-focused after the half when he was 15-of-18 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns. LSU receiver Justin Jefferson had nine receptions for 163 yards and three scores. Jefferson's final touchdown reception came when Burrow dropped back to avoid a blitz and fired the pass. The completion was good enough for a first down but Jefferson broke a tackle and sped down the sideline for a touchdown. LSU's new wide-open offense was razor sharp but the defense missed tackles and gave up huge plays and scoring drives. With kickoff temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, it's no wonder LSU players had trouble with cramps all night. Texas fans booed when they thought LSU players were stalling. When asked if LSU's cramping halted his team's momentum, Herman said "Yes." Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who matched Burrow nearly blow for blow, finished with 401 passing yards and four touchdowns. Texas is at Rice next week and LSU hosts Northwestern State.

​Texas Tech 38, UTEP 3

Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman threw three touchdown passes and the Red Raiders coasted to a 38-3 victory over UTEP on Saturday night. The Red Raider defense allowed just 131 yards total offense in Texas Tech's eight-straight win against UTEP. "Obviously we never want to punt but to walk off the field and know, probably like they are not going to score, they are definitely not going to score," Bowman said. "For them to have our back like that on offense just makes it more of, `OK, we can try to make this throw because we know they are going to the field and they are going to make a stop in the next possession.' So it definitely opens up a lot more for us and gives us a little bit more confidence.

Baylor 63, UTSA 14

Senior receiver Denzel Mims stole the show with three touchdowns and 147 yards on 12 receptions for Baylor in their 63-14 win over UTSA on Saturday. Baylor third-year starting quarterback Charlie Brewer completed 12-of-16 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns while only playing the first half. Kickoff temperature was 99 degrees but the turf was much warmer. "Felt like it was 150 degrees," said Brewer, who was sent to the locker room early by coach Matt Rhule after feeling a burning sensation in his feet. "I'm good," said Brewer, who had X-rays to make sure there were no issues. "Feet were hot. I tried to go back in, and he wouldn't let me." The Bears followed up their 39-point season-opening victory by scoring their most points since 2015. Baylor is off next week and UTSA is home next Saturday against Army.

​Wake Forest 41, Rice 21

Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman threw for 312 yards passing and three touchdowns leading the Demon Deacons to a 41-21 victory over Rice on Friday night. Senior receiver Scotty Washington finished with 158 receiving yards on 7 receptions and three touchdowns for Wake Forest in their relentless takedown of the Owls. Rice quarterback Tom Stewart was 19-of-30 for only 185 yards and a touchdown after replacing starter Wiley Green, who was carted off the field in the first quarter. Rice faces No. 9 Texas in Houston next week and Wake Forest hosts North Carolina.

Wyoming 23, Texas State 14

Cooper Rothe kicked three field goals and Tyler Hall snagged a pick-six to lead Wyoming to a 23-14 victory over Texas State on Saturday. The Bobcats controlled the first half but Hall intercepted a pass from Gresch Jensen and dashed 72 yards for the score, giving Wyoming a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Rothe kicked a 19-yard field goal, sealing the win for Wyoming on the final quarter.

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The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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