It’s Saturday, which means it’s Kirk Herbstreit’s time.
The college football analyst was back on ESPN’s College GameDay and offered his thoughts on the SEC. He’s always insightful, and he presented some quality insights on the conference.
Check out the highlights below:
— Herbstreit thinks Tennessee needs to start fast against Texas A&M in the showdown at Kyle Field. He said the Aggies’ defense will apply a bunch of pressure on the Vols’ offense and create problems for Tennessee.
— Herbstreit thinks the Volunteers are a good team, but he said they have been lucky. He said they dominated and executed in the second half against Florida, though. He thinks if they win games like this, they develop confidence. “They believe, because they’ve been tested,” he said.
— Herbstreit likes Auburn’s offense. He said hopefully it will wake up early and be ready to go against Mississippi State with the early kickoff.
— Herbstreit likes what he saw from LSU last Saturday against Missouri. He said the LSU-Florida game needs to be played. “They’ll figure it out,” he said. Herbstreit said he saw energy from LSU last week. He said the Tigers got behind interim coach Ed Orgeron in routing Missouri. “It was an attitude adjustment,” he said.
— Herbstreit said Alabama must get quarterback Jalen Hurts out in space. He said Arkansas’ defense struggles with signal-callers out in space. He said Alabama’s success will come on the edges.
— Herbstreit said Vols defensive end Derek Barnett has stepped up for Tennessee this season. Herbstreit said Barnett must be strong against the Aggies’ offense. “He has tremendous speed,” Herbstreit said.
— Herbstreit said Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has done a good job of getting guys to understand his scheme.
— Herbstreit picked Alabama to beat Arkansas and Texas A&M to top Tennessee.