Georgia’s Will Muschamp shades Ohio State alum Kirk Herbstreit ahead of college football playoffs

There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned shadow fest before a major game.

Heading into Saturday’s college football playoff semifinal between Ohio State and Georgia, Bulldogs defensive co-coordinator Will Muschamp reflected on the schools’ previous meeting in 1993, while he was safe in Georgia. Muschamp joked on Tuesday how he knew the Bulldogs would win, thanks in part to a pregame pitch from Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit.

“It was a good win for the ‘dogs,'” Muschamp said of Georgia’s 21-14 win over Ohio State at the Citrus Bowl.

“We had a pre-game lunch and Herbstreit got up and threw a pass across the room, I knew we had a chance to win. Make sure he knows I said that.

Although the press complied with Muschamp’s request, Herbstreit – who is currently an analyst for ESPN’s top college football analyst’ – appeared to brush off the playful beard.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit walks across the field before the Big 12 Championship game between Kansas State and TCU on December 3, 2022.
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“I don’t even remember man, was that a hundred years ago?” said Herbstreit. “I just remember Georgia being really good and very athletic, I don’t remember Will at all.”

Maybe Muschamp and Herbstreit can reconnect Saturday at the Peach Bowl, where the former Ohio State quarterback will be in the stand.

The college football playoff semifinal between top-ranked Georgia and No. 4 Ohio State kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The winner will face either Michigan or TCU, with those two schools facing off in the Fiesta Bowl earlier in the day.


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