Skip to main content

Kirk Herbstreit Changes His Mind On Major College Football Team

espn's Kirk Herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game. He called his first Monday Night Football game in 2020.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit appears to be changing his mind on one major college football program he's been critical of.

UCF has faced some scrutiny from Herbstreit and the rest of the College GameDay panel this season.

Herbstreit's comments on UCF earlier in the year sparked some controversy, prompting the school's AD to issue a statement.

“This argument needs to stop being just about UCF,” he said. “I’m a big believer that if you play people — like Boise State used to do — you should be rewarded for that. Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power 5? Because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving.

“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”

Herbstreit is probably still right about UCF's schedule, but it seems like he's becoming more of a believer in the Knights.

He called their game against Cincinnati on Saturday night and came away impressed.

"UCF is FAST & REAL," he tweeted.

Herbstreit added that he would rank UCF the No. 7 team in the country right now.

That's pretty fair.