The SEC Network set has been put up in the LP Field parking lot near the pedestrian bridge that connects the stadium grounds to downtown Nashville.
Earlier today Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Joe Tessitore were taping segments for tomorrow’s pre-game show which airs 9-11, most of it live.
Afterward, I asked Tebow to compare the talent on the 2008 Ole Miss team to this year’s group.
He had good things to say about the 2008 group — which defeated eventual national champion Florida 31-30 in Gainesville — but really praised the recruiting Hugh Freeze has done and the talent on this year’s Ole Miss team.
He also said he thought he had it on that fourth-and-1. Here’s Tebow:
Tebow didn’t hang around much. I wanted to hear him talk a little more about that 2008 game and the fourth-and-1. Ole Miss defensive back Marcus Temple was on the line of scrimmage. He made first contact with Tebow in the backfield which was more than enough to slow Tebow and let the Rebels’ defensive line react.
That was a very talented Ole Miss team. It was Houston Nutt’s first, and by the time it got cranked up — not from the beginning — it was the best all-around team I’ve covered.
Former LSU defensive lineman Marcus Spears is part of this SEC Network show, and you see a little bit of his personality here.
ESPN’s Joe Tessitore is the anchor man, so to speak. He says the day is coming soon that Spears will be recognized as one of college football’s top analysts.
Spears had some good things to say about the Ole Miss defense:
Tessitore was promising free doughnuts and coffee to fans who show up at the set tomorrow morning.
This will be the second week for “SEC Nation,” which is the network’s answer to ESPN’s Game Day.
A lot of Ole Miss fans are hopeful that the Rebels and Alabama will both be 4-0 on Oct. 4 and that Game Day would make its first trip to Oxford.
If not, SEC Nation could be the consolation prize. There’s a lot of competition for those shows. The SEC schedule that weekend also includes LSU at Auburn, Florida at Tennessee and Texas A&M at Mississippi State.