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No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Florida State in an epic opener
ATLANTA (AP) — Officially, the College Football Playoff is still four months away.
No matter. This feels like a postseason game.
No. 1 vs. No. 3.
At a neutral site.
In a brand new stadium, no less.
Top-ranked Alabama, getting started on its annual quest for a national title after having the last one snatched away with 1 second to go, faces Florida State on Saturday night in a season-opening throwdown. It’s the first ever matchup between a pair of top three teams in The Associated Press preseason rankings — that could have an impact all the way through to the day they hand out those coveted playoff invitations.
Certainly, the winner gets a huge gold star on its resume.
Alabama’s Nick Saban did his best to pooh-pooh the significance of the game.
“Look, it’s a long season,” Saban said. “We’re going to have 12, 13, 14 games, maybe 15, I don’t know. What happens in the first game is certainly important, but we’re going to have lots of press conferences in this room and you’re going to ask me the same question when we play the next big game. The only difference is that the next game that we play is going to be the biggest game for me.”
As if a matchup between national championship contenders wasn’t enough to turn up the hype to full blast, this will be the first game that actually counts in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the $1.5 billion marvel with an enormous, halo-like video board ringing the top of the massive structure.
There’s still the matter of the retractable roof, which isn’t fully functional and therefore will be closed on Saturday, no matter the weather. But that not-so-little glitch is unlikely to dampen the enthusiasm for this game, which will have a whole lot more riding on it that the first two events held in the glitzy stadium — a pair of Atlanta Falcons’ NFL preseason games.
And let’s not forget: This is same place where the national championship game will be held in January.
“I feel like it’s going to make us better in the long run because when teams open with cupcake games or cupcake teams, you don’t really get to see who you are or establish your identity,” Crimson Tide safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said. “But when you play teams like Florida State or Alabama, you can really see who you are.”
While the Crimson Tide came up just shy of its fifth national title under Saban, losing 35-31 to Clemson in a classic championship game that came down to a last-second touchdown pass, the Seminoles are looking to re-establish a bit of their swagger.
A season ago, Florida State was thoroughly embarrassed in a 63-20 rout at Louisville, and lost a pair of home games to North Carolina and Clemson by a total of five points. The national champion in 2013 and a semifinalist the following year in the first College Football Playoff, the Seminoles haven’t been serious title contender the last two seasons.
“This isn’t the only game,” defensive end Josh Sweat said, “but it definitely is a very big game, and everybody knows it is.”
Date and Time: September 2nd, 2017 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta,
TV: ABC Sports 1 (US)
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Florida State Huskies and Alabama Scarlet Knights lock horns in a college football matchup tonight. The game kicks off at 8:00 PM EST in High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey. FOX Sports 1 will be providing the Tv coverage while the game can also be watched online live on fuboTV.
In the 2016 encounter between the Alabama and Florida State, the Huskies posted a 48-13 victory. Friday’s will be the second all-time meeting between the teams.
Florida State Huskies Team News
The 2017 roster is filled with young talents 40 freshmen are going to join the Huskies’ 2017 journey. Further, 26 sophomores, and just 16 seniors and 27 juniors make rest of the roster.
The Huskies offensive line broke all previous records in 2016 with 77 touchdowns scoring 585 points.
Jake Browing will be back as the starting quarterback for the Huskies. Browing posted a record-setting season, completing 18-of-27 passes for 287 yards and making three touchdowns.
Alabama Scarlet Knights Team News
Fifth-year senior Kylie Bolin has earned the starting quarterback job during the training camp. Also, Bolin will be captaining the team this season along with fifth-year senior defensive lineman Darnell Davis. Next in lineup will be fifth-year senior offensive lineman Dorian Miller and junior linebacker Deonte Roberts.
Fifth-year senior Janarion Grant will back in the lineup after missing later part of the last season.
Several freshmen namely wide receivers trio: Hunter Hayek, Everett Wormley, and Bo Melton are set to make their debuts. Sophomore
Sophomore Jawuan Harris, who made 39 receptions for 481 yards in 2016 will return as the leading receiver in the Knights.
Despite losing a good chunk of their core to the NFL draft this past spring, the Florida State Huskies are still a legitimate College Football Playoff contender heading into the 2017-18 season.
Budda Baker, Kevin King and speedster John Ross are all NFL players now, but Jake Browning is back under center for the Huskies, who went 12-2 last season, won the Pac-12 Conference outright and made the College Football Playoff in Chris Petersen’s third season at the helm.
Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans may be getting most of the preseason hype out west, but Browning and the Huskies are still a threat to keep the favored Trojans from winning the Pac-12 this season.
Alabama may not be the sternest challenge for the No. 8 Huskies out of the gate on Friday night, but there’s always a sense of intrigue when a west coast team flies to the other side of the United States to play a game. The Huskies will be heavy favorites in their season opener, but there’s always a sense of weirdness that lingers in games that aren’t played on Saturdays.
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