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Herbstreit Intrigued By UF/UT Matchup

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit will be in Tallahassee on Saturday night for the major showdown between #1 Oklahoma and #5 Florida State… but earlier in the day he’ll be keeping track of what’s going on down US-19. 

Like most folks around the SEC, Herbstreit views Saturday’s Florida-Tennessee game as a chance for both programs to prove where they stand on their road back to national prominence.


“Man alive, Tyler Bray is lights out.  This guy doesn’t throw many incompletions, he doesn’t make many mistakes.  Right now he has seven touchdowns and hasn’t thrown a pick.  He has (Da’Rick) Rogers on the outside to go with (Justin) Hunter.  They look like old school Tennessee wide receivers where they are long and lean and athletic and get downfield in a hurry…

I still think (Tennessee) is a year or two away with Derek Dooley, at least at the beginning of the year I felt that way, I thought maybe some of their inexperience would come into play against Cincinnati, where they might be peeking ahead to Florida.  This is where we’re going to find out, is Tennessee really this improved, or is it because of who they’ve played?  Same with Florida…

(Florida) lost so many guys in the secondary from a year ago… this will be their first real test.  In a game like this where Tyler Bray has had a lot of success getting the ball downfield, how will those corners hold up?  Will Florida be able to get pressure, to disrupt the rhythm, which not many people have been able to do against Bray?

I want to see if Will Muschamp, who’s probably about as creative as any coach you’re going to find because of his days with Nick Saban, is he able to rely on the defensive front where he doesn’t have to leave those corners out there by themselves, or is he going to have to get pretty creative with his blitz package to try to disrupt Tyler Bray and what they are doing?”


The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Bray and ex-Gator coach will be featured in a film breakdown segment during ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday morning.

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