Tim Tebow Proves He Has Potential as ESPN College Football Analyst

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJanuary 7, 2014

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow made his official debut as a college football analyst for ESPN as part of its coverage of the BCS National Championship on Jan. 6.

And as with everything else that he has ever done since his freshman year at Florida, Tebow was both heavily scrutinized and praised by different media outlets.

Was he perfect? No. Was he nervous? Clearly. But what his analysis on point? Yes, it most certainly was.

All in all, Tebow proved, if nothing else, that he knows how to break down the game of college football—was that ever in doubt?—and that he looks especially dapper in a grey suit and purple tie. Here's a quick clip via ESPN:

Dropping the word "homeostasis" obviously earns Tebow a few brownie points, but the stammering afterward shows that even he was surprised he got the word out correctly.

But let's be honest, it was certainly much better than his first appearance as a member of the New York Jets:

Putting aside both the pauses to search for words and attempts to overachieve, Tebow's overall analysis was spot on. While he spent much of his first appearance talking about his time as a college football player, that won't last long.

One of the best pieces of analysis that Tebow gave before the BCS National Championship kicked off was when he said the Auburn running game would stay simple and have success. Thanks to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, here is the quote from Tebow himself:

They only run a few plays, but they run them from a lot of different formations, and they disguise them very well. They run counter, they run power, they run jet sweep and they run inside zone. They've done those plays thousands and thousands of times. So when you're coming into a game with a lot of pressure, a lot of hype, a lot of nerves, it's easy to do something you've done (a lot), rather than going into a game with a lot of adjustments and a lot of new plays. That's why I think they'll come out playing fast.

Literally the first play of the game was Auburn running back Tre Mason rushing for 11 yards on a simple formation. The final touchdown of the game for the Tigers came on a bruising rush by Mason to put them back on top.

Though the Tigers weren't able to pull out the game, Mason finished with 195 rushing yards and two total touchdowns thanks, in large part, to several rushes out of the power formation and multiple sweep plays. Needless to say, Tebow was right on point that Gus Malzahn would simply play his game.

Then there was Tebow's prediction of the final score of the game, also provided by Goodbread:

Auburn might be a team of destiny, but tonight, Florida State is deeper from top to bottom. When Jameis Winston and Telvin Smith's leadership in the fourth quarter, I think they win 35-31.

OK, wait a minute. The actual final score was Florida State coming out on top 34-31. In a game where nearly every analyst predicted for both teams to surpass 40 points, Tebow missed in his prediction by one point.

Apart from just his evaluation of the outcome or how he believed the Tigers would attack Florida State in the biggest game of their season, Tebow showed that he is comfortable with the microphone and should make for a great analyst on the SEC Network when it officially kicks off on Aug. 28.

No analyst is perfect and certainly not on their first day. But with time and coaching, the former Heisman winner and NFL journeyman certainly has a shot at making a career out of being an analyst. It should be exciting to watch.