Kirk Herbstreit recalls memories of Florida-Tennessee, looks ahead to Saturday: 'There is a buzz in the air'
Kirk Herbstreit has a lot of great memories of going to Tennessee as an ESPN analyst, but one year in particular stands out to him.
“It is so great to bring GameDay back, and especially going back to my roots,” Herbstreit said. “My first time going on the road in the SEC was Florida with Danny Wuerffel on the road, Peyton Manning and the Vols. Rain came down that day, Rocky Top was blaring. And then ol’ Danny Wuerffel, on a fourth down place in the first series, (Steve) Spurrier goes for it. Hits Reidel Anthony, touchdown Gators, and all of a sudden the music, Rocky Top, was gone.”
Herbstreit said Tennessee, behind Hendon Hooker, believes it can not only compete with the Gators, but also compete with the “big dogs” and win the SEC East.
“There is a buzz in the air, the Vol Nation believes that this is going to be a great team, I can’t wait to see them out for College GameDay,” he said. ”
We are so excited to be back in Knoxville for the first time since 2016 for the @GatorsFB vs @Vol_Football game! @CollegeGameDay starts at 9am ET!! Come early and bring your best signs! pic.twitter.com/iWaDQnNp8Y
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 23, 2022
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.