THE SEC REPORT

The SEC Report: A&M wins huge, Georgia shuts down the Gators,  Arkansas packs it in and it's showdown time with Alabama-LSU

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LAST WEEKEND

Texas A&M finally had the offensive explosion fans have been waiting for all season. Putting 45 points on poor old UTSA, the Aggies showed promise and gave boosters a glimpse of what Jimbo Fisher can build if given enough time. Georgia meanwhile crushed the playoff hopes of Gator fans nationwide by dominating Florida through the first three quarters before winning 24-17. Mississippi State finished off what is left of Arkansas' season stomping them 54-24.

THREE STARS OF LAST WEEKEND

Jake Fromm, Quarterback of Georgia, finally coming closer to pulling it all together in a tough game that they had to have, threw for two touchdowns and over 250 yards in a game that Swift couldn't get going Fromm stepped up big.

Kylin Hill, Runningback of Mississippi State, this guy went ahead and had a monster game, putting over 230 yards and three touchdowns in the stat box.

Isaiah Spiller, Runningback of Texas A&M, ran for 217 yards and also scored three touchdowns in a game where they looked like they just couldn't be stopped. He literally averaged over 10 yards a carry, that's pretty good if you're curious.

THIS WEEKEND

This coming weekend there is one game the entire nation will be watching, the 2:30 game in Bryant-Denny Stadium on CBS amidst The Red Tide, No. 1 LSU comes to No. 2 Alabama. This feels like the big second act of a movie, where the two forces clash for the first but probably not last time this year. The winner is going to the SEC conference championship game and the playoffs, barring an upset between now and then, but the loser if they finish strong enough is possibly still in the top 4 of the country depending on how it all shakes out and therefore still alive for the playoffs. Missouri comes to Georgia, it's amazing how much a few weeks changes things, from leading their division and in control of their own destiny to 2-2 in conference Missouri can still make things interesting with a win against current division leader Georgia. Vanderbilt comes to Florida in a game that Florida can't afford to lose in order to keep pace with the winner of the Georgia-Missouri game.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Joe Burrow, Quarterback of LSU, here it is. This is the focus of the entire country and if the kid who is proving himself to be The Man has anything to say about it LSU walks away a winner and sealing up the season and all doubters.

Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback of Alabama. In some ways even after everything I just said about Joe Burrows this game will be about Tua. If he doesn't play then that's going to hang over this game regardless of the outcome. If he does play and they lose then it'll be questioned, if he plays and they win then he's a legend of unimaginable proportions. So yes this is Joe Burrow's game to win, but it's Tua's story that gets written this weekend.

D'Andre Swift, Runningback of Georgia, he literally can run Missouri out of the building this weekend if he performs like he usually does. He's averaging almost 6 yards a carry against SEC teams and Missouri might not be able to stop him from raising that average this weekend.

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College football needs to call a timeout on the 2020 season.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 are set to announce, maybe today, perhaps in a few weeks, whether they will play football this fall.

Already the Ivy League, Mountain West and Mid-American Conference have canceled their fall football season for health and safety reasons amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Power 5 conferences – the Big Ten, Pac-12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference – should get onboard and put their football seasons on hold, too.

While some elected officials without medical degrees say that coronavirus amounts to little more than sniffles for young people, healthcare experts argue that college-age people, while they do recover quickly and may not exhibit symptoms, do contract and spread the virus.

There has been a 90 percent increase of young people testing positive for the virus in the past four weeks. More important, health experts say they can't measure the long-term effects of the virus, which may include brain damage, heart disease and reduced lung capacity.

There is a simple solution to play or not play college football this fall – postpone the season to next spring, when health experts will know more about the disease. There possibly could be a vaccine by then, which would allow fans back in stadiums.

Many high-profile college players and coaches weighed in on the debate Monday, almost unanimously saying that the 2020 football schedule should be played on schedule, starting in a few weeks.

Players, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, adopted the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. In a tweet, Lawrence said that players would be more at risk for coronavirus if the fall season doesn't move forward. "We are more likely to get the virus in everyday life than playing football."

Lawrence added that, if the football season is canceled or postponed, players "will be sent home to their own communities where social distancing is highly unlikely."

Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN, "Look, players are a lot safer with us than they are running around at home."

Two points: University presidents should listen to only one group of people – healthcare professionals – when they decide whether to cancel or postpone the fall football season. Yes, players want to play during this pandemic. But players also want to play when they are injured or their brain was just scrambled by a vicious tackle. We applaud athletes who play with a broken leg. We see players with concussions plead with their coaches to put them back in the game.

As for the argument that players are more likely to catch the virus if they're sent home – who's sending them home? These are student-athletes. Students. Most college campuses will be open with students attending classes this fall. Major college programs like Clemson have 85 full scholarships designated for football. Colleges won't take away players' scholarships if the football season is canceled. Clemson's campus will open Sept. 21 for in-person classes.

ESPN college football analyst Greg McElroy also said the season should be played as scheduled: "If they're (players) OK, then I'm OK." Texas governor Greg Abbott chimed in on the players' side. He said, "It's their careers, it's their health."

What "careers" is he talking about? There are about 775 colleges that play football. Only 1.7 percent of all those players will play in the NFL or another professional league. On Sept. 3, Rice University will play Army. It is unlikely that any of those players will have a career in football. However, given the excellence of academics at those colleges, players will have career opportunities in something other than football. The average NFL career is 2-1/2 years. Rice and Army grads can top that.

The NBA is completing its season in a bubble in Orlando, with players confined to their hotels between games. Only 22 teams are in Orlando for the lockdown. The Rockets organization sent about 35 people, including coaches, players and essential personnel to Orlando.

Baseball is playing its season outside a bubble. So many players are testing positive for coronavirus that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last week threatened to end the season if teams don't do a better job of enforcing the league's health protocol. What's left is an unbalanced season. For example, the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners have played 18 games, while the St. Louis Cardinals have played only five games. The ironically first-place Miami Marlins, which had 18 players test positive, have played only 10 games.

College football can't be played in a bubble. There are too many teams, with some having more than 100 players and 20 coaches. And no sport thrives on fans' excitement and marching bands like college football. Several colleges, including the University of Texas and Texas A&M, have stadiums that hold more than 100,000 fans. Even if college football could be played in a bubble, it would require isolating players from August to January, when they're supposed to be in class. I know … supposed.

This one is easy. For the health and safety of players, play the fall 2020 season in spring 2021.

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