Bama's OL hot, Vols' coaching not
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Here's a look at our first installment of "Hot and Not" in the SEC. We'll do this every week throughout the season after all of the games are played. We'll top it with that week's "En Fuego" award and end it with the dubious "Ice, Ice Baby" award:
Alabama's offensive line: Even without star left tackle Andre Smith for much of the second half, the Crimson Tide offensive line controlled the game and reminded us all what being physical is all about. Clemson's fannies are probably still smarting.
Vanderbilt quarterback Chris Nickson: He brings a dimension with his ability to run the ball (166 yards in the opener) that's critical to the Vanderbilt offense.
The Auburn passing game: The Tigers had just 28 yards passing at the end of the third quarter last Saturday in their 34-0 rout of Louisiana-Monroe.
Ole Miss running back/receiver Dexter McCluster: He's the Rebels' version of "Slash" and he had 125 total yards last weekend. Gotta love the Wild Rebel formation.
Mississippi State's offense: The Bulldogs' five turnovers were bad enough. But the real clincher: They didn't have a first down in the fourth quarter.
LSU's composure: The game was moved up to a 10 a.m. start and a deadly hurricane was bearing down on the Gulf Coast, but LSU never blinked and went out and took care of business.
Kentucky's defense: We knew the Wildcats would be stout up front defensively, but they're as talented and deep across the board on defense as they've ever been under Rich Brooks.
Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson: He played exactly the way the Tide needs him to in the opener. He managed the offense, didn't force things and made plays when they were there.
Tennessee tailback Arian Foster: Crippling fumbles will tarnish an otherwise stellar career. He had another one against UCLA that totally changed the complexion of that game.
ICE, ICE BABY
Tennessee's coaching staff: Not the best start for Phillip Fulmer & Co. New offensive coordinator Dave Clawson had first-year starter Jonathan Crompton throw the ball 41 times. The defense played soft in coverage and never adjusted to UCLA's short passing game in the second half. How many touchdowns do the Vols need to give up on special teams before they hire a full-time coordinator?