By Megan Scavo

ESPN analyst and College GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit reacted on Twitter Thursday to the Fiesta Bowl outcome between LSU and UCF.

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The Tigers overcame UCF by eight points on New Years. While the Knights’ offensive line struggled and their quarterback fell short of potential, Herbstreit, among others, believes UCF to be a strong team. The brand the Orlando team built over two seasons continued to grow despite a lashing from fringe users on social media.

LSU lacked their full defensive roster while UCF lacked its Heisman-contending quarterback. Still, Herbstreit believed the Knights helped themselves with how they battled.

Darriel Mack, Jr. may not have built the skill to defeat LSU his second game as a starter, however, the UCF faithful are not down for the count. A 2019 offseason stocked with returning playmakers still gives UCF an edge in the American Conference and another reasonable shot at a New Year’s Bowl.

Four-star Defensive end Tre’Mon Morris-Brash announced his decision to sign with UCF after the Under Armour All American game – that’s in addition to the several four-star 6’2″+ freshman linemen (DT – Cameron Goode; SDE – Keenan Hester; DE / OLB – Raymond Cutts) the Knights signed in December.

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