Kirk Herbstreit praised Tennessee’s passionate fans following ESPN’s College Gameday stop in Knoxville.

The show went to Knoxville before the historic rivalry between Tennessee and Florida, which the Vols won 38-33 for the first time since 2016.

Herbstreit has been with College Gameday since 1996 and has been to Knoxville with the show 9 times. The last time College Gameday went to Knoxville was in 2016, also for the Florida game — which the Vols won.

The show, which aired in front of Ayers Hall on UT’s campus, garnished hundreds of fans — some of which got to the set hours before the show started.

When analysts made their picks for the Tennessee-Florida, Herbstreit was the only one who didn’t pick Tennessee to win the game.

Next week, College Gameday is heading to Clemson, South Carolina, for the matchup between Clemson and NC State.

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