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The start of college football season brought back ESPN College GameDay and that led to a discussion of who might be the surprise team in the Southeastern Conference this year.
Pat McAfee went with Tennessee, which is coming off a big year, while Desmond Howard believes it will be Texas A&M.
But Kirk Herbstreit had no hesitation when he picked Kentucky. Herbstreit has been a Mark Stoops fan since he arrived at Kentucky and likes the pieces he has put together for this season.
“I’m not letting go of Kentucky,” Herbstreit said on College GameDay. “Old Mark Stoops, here they go. Now remember, they’ve got Devin Leary coming over from North Carolina State. You lose Will Levis but you have a talented, experienced quarterback. New offensive coordinator Liam Coen.
“This team, again, Mark Stoops has a team every year that is going to be physical, they’re going to bring a chip on their shoulder. Now they’ve got a quarterback, I think.
“Will Levis, his hype, he didn’t have a great year offensively. This year I think they can be better with Coen there, with Leary coming in. Look out for ole UK.”