Kirk Herbstreit questions the atmosphere of major college football stadium

AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit walks onto the field before the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

There are plenty of great stadiums in the NFL where fans can really play a part in their team’s performance. But one stadium renowned for having that kind of atmosphere is guessed by ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

In a chat with Chris Fowler and Chris “Bear” Fallica, Herbstreit discussed the atmosphere Texas A&M’s Kyle Field has after the Aggies’ loss to Mississippi State. He said that although Kyle Field has a reputation for being “the 12th man”, he wonders if it’s really deserved.

“When was the last big game that A&M won,” Herbstreit said. “We brag about Kyle Field, like the 12th man, Bear?”

“I’m sure it’s a great environment. I say, is it an intimidating environment? ” he added.

Kyle Field is the sixth largest stadium in the world with a capacity of over 102,000. It outstrips LSU’s Tiger Stadium by several hundred seats for the biggest in the SEC.

But despite its size, Kyle Field doesn’t have the exact same mystique as Michigan Stadium, Ohio Stadium or Beaver Stadium.

Texas A&M hasn’t had a losing season since 2010, but they’ve been broadly average in the SEC since joining in 2012. Beating Alabama — the top team in their SEC West division — has been nearly impossible in the eight last years.

Is there anything in Kirk Herbstreit’s comments about the stadium vibe at Kyle Field?

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