The first New Year’s Six bowl game will also mark another first: the debut of Tim Tebow as a college football game analyst.
ESPN has assigned Tebow to work with play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, fellow analyst Brock Huard and reporter Shannon Spake during the Chick-fil-A& Peach Bowl. No. 6 TCU versus No. 9 Ole Miss will square off at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The news was first reported by USA Today.
Tebow spent the fall as a studio analyst for the SEC Network, working with Tessitore on SEC Nation. As a broadcaster, Tebow was a pleasant surprise. A vanilla interview as a player (though exceedingly polite), Tebow’s energy and enthusiasm worked on television, and he was exceptionally prepared on the rosters of the SEC. Tessitore told SI.com in August that Tebow possessed one of the most important things a broadcaster could have: humility. He wanted to get better.
"I know that he has told our producers that he wants constant feedback, he wants to be coached, and he wants to be great at TV,” Tessitore said. “He calls and texts me non-stop to discuss every detail of everything we're doing…That’s commitment to preparation. He wants to grow and he finds that rewarding. So long-term I feel Tim is very committed to broadcasting.”
The Tessitore-Huard-Spake crew called Ole Miss-Vanderbilt earlier this year, and Tebow appeared in the booth briefly during Florida's 36-30 overtime win over Kentucky on Sept. 13, on the SEC Network.
The Peach Bowl should generate significant interest after the Horned Frogs (11-1), co-champs of the Big 12 and one of the nation's top offenses, were spurned for the final playoff spot. The opposing Rebels defeated Alabama, Texas A&M and Mississippi State in 2014 and have the top scoring defense in the nation (13.8 points).