There is a big game in Gainesville Saturday between top 25 teams as Florida hosts LSU. T-Bob Hebert played many games in this rivalry for LSU, he now hosts a radio show on 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge.
Hebert joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to preview the game, starting out by answering if LSU has exceeded expectations to this point in the year.
“They have definitely exceeded expectations,” Hebert told 1010XL. “I think around 7-5 was what a lot of people had really going in. I don’t know of anyone that had them at 5-0 at this point of the season. I viewed Miami as a coin flip and I actually chose Auburn to win.
“This is an LSU team that at every turn has exceeded expectations and they have been rewarded for doing so. Do I think they are the fifth best team in the country? No, but I do think that they are deserving of the fifth-ranking at this point of the year.”
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron came into 2018 with questions to answer about his ability to lead the Tigers to sustained excellence. Does 5-0 answer those questions?
“It has definitely silenced a lot of his critics and it has bolstered his supporters,” Hebert said. “This was a very contentious hire when it was made and so this has quelled a lot of fears about the future.
“But we know sports are the ultimate, ‘what have you done for me lately,’ so right now things are good, but if you go lose to a Florida team this weekend that LSU fans believe you should beat, then a lot of that goodwill that you have built up over the first portion of the season would be erased.”
The Swamp can be an intimidating place to play and this will be LSU’s second trip there in as many years. Hebert gave a first-hand account of playing in Gainesville.
“I’ve always said that I thought it was the hardest place to play,” Hebert said. “Maybe that is partially because Florida was very good when we played them. Especially in the 2008 year when Brandon Spikes punted that ball into the stands, I was like, ‘oh God, this is The Swamp at its height,’ because it was so loud.
“The Swamp is an incredibly intimidating place. They are right on top of you. The fans are talking trash the entire game, it’s great.”
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