The first big game of the college football season between Florida and Miami wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Despite the close final score, the game was marred by mistakes, poor play, penalties and turnovers.
But while some analysts such as Paul Finebaum felt the game was nigh unwatchable, others were more forgiving. ESPN analyst and commentator Kirk Herbstreit falls into the latter category.
At the conclusion of ESPN's broadcast of the game, Herbstreit didn't seem too bothered by the mistakes. He noted that since it's only the first game of the year, there's plenty of time for the two sides to review the tape and fix their issues.
“Obviously it was sloppy plays, but it’s the first game of the year... The good thing is you go back and look at the film, just like the teams next week will have a chance the following week. You look at tape and the really good stuff you did and the really bad stuff you did and (you say), ‘now let’s go practice and let’s get ready for the rest of the year.’
“Both these teams can have a great year.”
The game featured six lead changes and ended with Florida's victory after Feleipe Franks scored the game-winner in the fourth quarter.
But both the Gators and Hurricanes struggled mightily with mistakes. Florida committed four turnovers and nine penalties. Miami, on the other hand, had one turnover and a whopping 14 penalties.
Miami's offensive line also allowed ten sacks, hardly giving quarterback Jarren Williams any time to throw.
Hopefully Herbstreit is right and the two teams will quickly put this Week 0 game behind them.
Florida's next game will be against Tennessee-Martin on September 7.
Miami plays ACC rival North Carolina on the same day.