Allstate has partnered with college football to present the It’s Good Sweepstakes featuring an ultimate prize package of $100,000 and a trip with three friends to the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl. The grand prize also includes a trip to Arlington Texas to watch the first-ever college football championship game with Kirk Herbstreit.
We sat down with ESPN’s famed College GameDay football analyst Kirk Herbstreit to discuss how to win the grand prize and more. Football fans can find more information about how to win the sweepstakes by signing up at AllstateCFB.com.
Krik Herbstreit was in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday Aug. 26 to commence the celebration of its “Good Hands” Field Goal Nets. This will give the fans a chance to participate in a field goal kick contest and meet Herbstreit.
We talked about the new Allstate contest and a multitude of other college football stories. Kirk Herbstreit gave us his college football playoff picks and his Heisman winner.
Herbstreit has been with College GameDay since 1996 and he hasn’t had the chance to visit every college campus yet. Of course, the usual suspects, like Eugene, Oregon, and LSU down in Baton Rouge are always incredibly fun, but Kirk is ready to visit another campus this year for the first time. It goes to show, if you build your program, College GameDay will make it a priority to see you.
Kirk Herbstreit also talked about how great the returning quarterbacks in college football are. What’s special about the quarterbacks that decided to stay in school and forego the NFL draft is that they are not caught up in draft status, Herbstreit stated. Brett Hundley, Marcus Mariota, as well as Bryce Petty are into college football. These players are about winning and the hype hasn’t caught up with them.
William: Can you tell us about your work with Allstate?
Kirk Herbstreit: Allstate is celebrating their 10th year working with college football and it’s a Big celebration kicking off in New York City Times Square. The field goal challenge took place from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The It’s Good sweepstakes has a lot of phenomenal prizes for fans. Every college football fan has a chance to play once a day. The grand prize includes a trip for four to Arlington for the national championship game, as well as $100,000. All you have to do is go to Allstatecfb.com to register.
William: What regular season games are you most looking forward to?
Kirk Herbstreit: The FSU vs. Louisville game is probably the ACC game of the year. It’s a Thursday night game and it could be where Florida State finally loses. The Nov. 8 games are also great. In the Big 10, you have Ohio State visiting Michigan State. Alabama will be making the trip to LSU. Oklahoma also faces Baylor on the road in a Big 12 showdown. Overall, the whole day will be monumental for college football.
William: Who are your preseason Heisman favorites? What’s the probability of Jameis Winston repeating?
Kirk Herbstreit: I had Braxton Miller winning the Heisman, but that‘s completely out of the window now. Jameis Winston has to live up to expectations that will be nearly impossible to match. Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota are likely candidates to be one of the top choices for the Heisman.
William: Which team will be the highest scoring team? About how much will they average?
Kirk Herbstreit: FSU averaged 51 points last year and Baylor put up a lot of points too. Nick Marshall and Auburn will be up there with that up tempo offense.
William: Will Ohio State survive the loss of Braxton Miller? Once Ohio State inserts J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones, will we forget about what Miller meant to the Buckeyes?
Kirk Herbstreit: Both will play. Braxton is an electrifying playmaker but Ohio State is so talented J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones will have to be a distributor. With all the talent that Urban Meyer has recruited, this was the year that the Buckeyes were looking forward to. They were a favorite to make the Final Four but now Ohio State is fighting an uphill battle.
William: What will be your favorite venue to visit this year?
Kirk Herbstreit: We visited Seattle for the first time last year and it was incredible. Of course it’s always a treat to bring GameDay to Oregon. The atmosphere and the fan base in Eugene is amazing. The SEC has plenty of places, but there is one in particular that I look forward to visiting. I want to be in Oxford, Mississippi when Alabama takes on Ole Miss. College GameDay has never been there.
William: Who do you have in the Final Four?
Kirk Herbstreit: Originally, I had Ohio State in the playoffs, but the loss of Braxton Miller changed that. Now I think Florida State, Alabama, UCLA, and Michigan State will represent the first college football final four.
William: Which receivers will have a breakout year?
Kirk Herbstreit: Two receivers that are already well known, but will be the main guy are Rashad Greene of Florida State and , Amari Cooper of Alabama. They should flourish in 2014.
William: Who will be Alabama’s starting quarterback?
Kirk Herbstreit: Coming into camp Jacob coker seemed to be the guy but made mistakes as the teams scrimmaged more and more. Blake Sims might win it, but it all depends how the quarterbacks react in game situations.
Teams like LSU, Ohio State and Alabama will play two quarterbacks early. The worst thing you can do is pick a starting quarterback then pull him after a couple of mistakes.
One thing is clear, Kirk Herbstreit believes that the season will be very entertaining. Not only due to the quality of play, but the new playoff format should produce more intense games with teams vying for a spot in the final four.