Auburn has a fan in ESPN college football commentator Kirk Herbstreit.
Appearing on the show revealing the latest College Football Playoff rankings, Herbstreit said that he would have the Tigers in the top spot if he were on the committee.
People want to bring up they lost to Clemson in Week 2,” Herbstreit said. “I think how they played to beat the two No. 1 teams [in last three weeks], they need to be up there.”
Herbstreit also praised the growth of Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who has transformed from someone who looked hesitant at the beginning of the season to a star under center in Chip Lindsey’s offense.
If you think Stidham and that offense was the same in Week 2 as they [have] played in November,” Herbstreit said, pointing out the growth that not only Stidham but the entire Auburn offense has shown since that 14-6 loss in Memorial Stadium on Sept. 9.
Herbstreit wasn’t the only commentator impressed by the Tigers.
“Auburn is the best team in the country,” Joey Galloway said.
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