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Berry-Tebow collision hot, Arkansas' defense not

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Who’s hot and who’s not in the SEC? It’s that time of week again to find out:

En Fuego

Berry-Tebow collision: If you haven’t already seen it, you missed the two best players in the league lowering their shoulders and exploding into each other in an epic collision in the first half Saturday of Florida’s 23-13 win over Tennessee. Tim Tebow has Eric Berry by about 35 pounds, but Berry didn’t back down. Of course, Tebow has never backed down from anyone. If only everybody played the game the way these two guys do. They’re as classy off the field as they are competitive on the field.

Hot

Auburn quarterback Chris Todd: Now that he has confidence in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, Todd looks like a different guy throwing the football. He lit up West Virginia with a career-high four touchdown passes.

Not

Georgia’s pass defense: It’s one thing to give up the passing yards the Bulldogs have this season -- 856 in three games. But to not even be around the opposing receivers when they’re catching the ball in some cases? Something’s amiss in Dog Defensive Land.

Hot

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin: He didn’t sing “Rocky Top” all night long Saturday. Come to think of it, wonder if he even knows the words? Nonetheless, Kiffin and the Vols served notice in their hard-fought 23-13 loss at the Swamp that they walk as well as they talk.

Not

Vanderbilt’s offense: The Commodores have scratched out just 12 points in their past two games, both losses, and have been anemic in the passing game. It’s hard to see where the offense is going to come from this season for Bobby Johnson’s club.

Hot

South Carolina outside linebacker Eric Norwood: Even though he sat out the second half with a shoulder contusion, Norwood recorded his fourth sack of the season to grab the SEC lead. He also tied Andrew Provence for the school record with his 26th career sack.

Not

Florida’s receivers: The loss of freshman Andre Debose to season-ending surgery is really starting to look significant. Sophomore Deonte Thompson has battled inconsistency and missed the Tennessee game with a hamstring injury. Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy ... where have you gone?

Hot

Alabama offensive line coach Joe Pendry: There are still some tougher challenges ahead, but Pendry has done a bang-up job with a revamped offensive line. Alabama is second in the SEC in rushing offense and has only given up three sacks in three games. It’s another reminder why Pendry is one of the best in the business.

Not

Tebow’s NFL stock: It’s the game tape all the NFL people will want to see, Tebow going up against some of Monte Kiffin’s NFL defensive schemes. Tebow was a warrior running the ball, but he wasn’t very effective passing. He was held to 115 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and was sacked three times.

Ice, Ice Baby

Arkansas’ defense: If the Hogs could just stay on offense the whole time, they might have a chance to make some real noise in the Western Division race this season. But there is such a thing as defense, and Arkansas’ didn’t show up last Saturday in a 52-41 loss to Georgia. Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said he was embarrassed, but not discouraged by what he witnessed in the Hogs’ SEC opener. That may be, but too many more performances like that from his defense, and who knows what (or where) he might be? It doesn’t get any easier this week. The Hogs, after giving up 530 yards and 20 first downs to the Bulldogs, travel to Alabama. The Crimson Tide have been effective both throwing and running the ball.