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Kirk Herbstreit Thinks UCF Is Being Underrated Right Now

UCF coach Josh Heupel looks on during game.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Josh Heupel of the UCF Knights Looks on during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 17, 2018 at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Over the past few years, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit has been tough on the UCF Knights. Well, it appears his stance has finally changed.

Herbstreit always respected UCF's winning culture, but he did have doubts about the program.

Since the Knights are thriving with freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel, Herbstreit believes it's time for the nation to respect the AAC powerhouse.

During the latest episode of “The College Football Podcast with Herbie & Pollack,” he spoke about UCF's dominant victory over Stanford in Week 3. Herbstreit also revealed that he believes the Knights are flying under the radar right now.

From Herbstreit's podcast, via the Orlando Sentinel:

“I’m surprised — what are they, 17? They should be [ranked] in that 9, 10 range, personally. I think that because we’ve now seen this brand and they’ve been able to beat some high-profile teams and they’ve been able to compete with some high-profile teams in bowl games. That’s how you build it. That’s how Boise State built it,” he said.

“And now when you beat a Stanford, and the way they beat them, they need to be taken more seriously. They need to get more respect. And I think this team in 2019 is the beneficiary of what they've done in ’17 and ’18 and now people need to start to kind of say, ‘Uh oh.’"

The Knights continue to have an explosive offense regardless of which quarterback is under center. McKenzie Milton had success for years, Brandon Wimbush looked solid before missing time with an undisclosed injury, and Dillon Gabriel has been flawless thus far.

UCF will try to stay undefeated this weekend when it faces Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.