Kirk Herbstreit has got to love being in Columbus for the second time this season.
As usual, the ESPN analyst had plenty to say about the SEC during College GameDay on Saturday morning. He touched on Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.
Here are some of the highlights from his takes:
— “I think Kevin Sumlin and his staff deserve a lot of credit. With where they were at the beginning of the season, with the board of regents sending out emails and the AD setting a mark he had to hit (and) opening up with one of the most embarrassing losses, they’ve righted the ship.”
— “[Texas A&M has] looked good, Des,” Herbstreit said, agreeing with Desmond Howard. “It’s been amazing to think where their season started and the way their season … the last three years, they’ve really struggled in the back half. But Kevin Sumlin, give him all the credit. If he wins this one, boy they really start to have an opportunity to have a great year.”
— On Florida-Georgia: “It’s going to be one of those games that’s going to surprise you maybe early because of the emotion. I think Florida is very inspired, maybe with a chance to salvage their season. But in the long haul, 60 minutes, Georgia finds a way and gets it done.
— On Tennessee coach Butch Jones’ handling of Rashaan Gaulden: “He does that and you’re thinking with everything that’s been going on at Tennessee, that guy probably will never play again. Next series, the defense is on the field, No. 7 is back in the lineup playing.
“He should have taken his uniform off, sent him upstairs and said, ‘Go get a popcorn. You’re no longer on the football team.’ And sent a message to the whole team.”