Lee Corso Picks Tennessee on ‘College GameDay,’ Smokey Freaks Out on the Desk: WATCH

by Nick Geddes
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Smokey did not have a good time on the set of ESPN‘s “College GameDay” on Saturday.

The Tennessee mascot made an appearance during the headgear pick, in which Lee Corso went with the Volunteers to defeat Florida. The crowd and a confetti cannon erupted, leading to Smokey hightailing it out of Kirk Herbstreit’s grasp.

Smokey was scared by the noise, or perhaps, at the fact that Herbstreit turned heel and picked the Gators. Herbstreit even made it a point to say that he lives in Nashville, although it did not sway his pick in any fashion.

Corso and the “College GameDay” crewed were joined by guest picker Bianca Belair. Belair is the reigning WWE Raw Women’s Champion — a championship she won by defeating Becky Lynch on Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 in April.

Long before her days in the squared circle, Belair was showing off her talents in track and field. Belair, a Knoxville native, was a track and field standout at Tennessee. She earned All-SEC and All-American honors while at Tennessee.

Belair was prominently featured on “College GameDay,” breaking out her signature hair twirl.

Tennessee Fans Show Out on ‘College GameDay’

Tennessee fans can only hope that Belair’s presence brings some good luck to its football team at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. This rivalry, although intense, has been one-sided during this millennium. The Gators have won 16-of-17, including a 38-14 rout last season.

Tennessee head coach Josh Huepel knows the magnitude of this rivalry. He shared his approach going into the game given all the noise going on in the background of the Volunteers’ struggles against the Gators.

“Everybody is going to want to win on game day,” Heupel said this week. “You have to do what it takes to win. I think that is important. Our kids should be, and are excited about this one. It is always big when we play Florida. So, embrace that at the beginning of the week, and then be consistent. If you guys were out at practice, you know the energy. You have heard me speak, it is not a whole lot different.

“We are business-like in our approach. Our kids have a much better understanding of how to prepare, and now we have to finish it and go play.”