Overall I like Herbie. He is a Buckeye and has made a huge success of his career.
I think he initially was overly concerned that he would be seen as an OSU/Big Ten homer so he worked to be neutral guy which is fine and a proper move however; I do think he took it too far and it backfired a bit. It wouldn't surprise me if the rumors are true that he had to leave Columbus with all the "fans" pestering him every time he set foot outside his front door.
I do think Herbie brought great analysis early on but lately he seems to have fallen into the status quo Brent Musberger type who calls games for the masses and no longer has fresh analysis.
I found him to be very annoying in the 2014 NC game. He simply refused to give OSU credit where it was due and seemed to be calling the game of "just wait for the Oregon comeback....it's coming...trust me" For instance, on Cardale's athletic adjustment on the QB sneak where he was stuffed but bumped it outside clearly out-running the DE and jumped over the DB for the first down. It was a fantastic individual effort by Cardale and what does Herbie say? "Oregon did a good job clogging the middle...then what is the DB supposed to do when they have a 250 lb QB coming there way?" He immediately credits oregon then gives the DB an excuse. He also refused to talk up Cardale when he ran over the Oregon DL for the first down. Fowler had to jump in and bring it up.
I found ole Herbie to be that way for most of the game. Disappointing.
You can be objective yet still show your love for your school. See Spielman & Galloway. They both do a great job of that. As does Desmond Howard on the game day set. As does Todd Blackledge. Personally I think Blackledge is the best overall.