Alabama vs. Florida State

Posted September 02, 2017

Could one loss, in the season opener Saturday night against Florida State, signal the beginning of the end of Nick Saban's reign of terror on the rest of the sport?

The 3rd-ranked Florida State Seminoles meet the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the first game of the season for both teams on Saturday, September 2, 2017 (9/2/17) at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The highly-anticipated opener between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State is now just one day away as both teams look to stay undefeated in openers under their respective head coaches.

"All of that's easy to say but there are certain times as a quarterback where you are going to get hit".

OK, we are definitely getting way ahead of ourselves in week one. The Crimson Tide returns its starting quarterback in Jalen Hurts (last year's SEC offensive player of the year) for the first time since 2013 but also must replace the seven defensive players who were selected in this year's National Football League draft. A junior in 2015, Henry had arrived in Tuscaloosa as the national high school record holder for career rushing yards. "Florida State has got, and Alabama, you can just check the recruiting rankings: They're going to recruit the best of the best every year, so very, very similar programs and similar in how they build their teams".

"Nick does as good a job as anybody, and does a great job preparing his team, and we know they'll be ready", he said. Auburn, LSU and Arkansas all makeup tier two, and Auburn looks to be the team that will edge out the other two. But, against the spread, our bet is the Florida State Seminoles +7 over the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

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When the playoff field is revealed on December 3, results of the first few weeks of the season could still be echoing through the selections. This isn't the biggest game for either team.

Tulsa (+18) at No. 10 Oklahoma State - Golden Hurricane gets a chance for statement. FSU's offensive front was much better last season as a run-blocking unit than it was in pass protection. Average score: 39-14. But the Seminoles are the best opponent yet. No. 1 vs. No. 3; ACC vs. Alabama will return Jalen Hurts as their starting quarterback.

No. 13 LSU (-16) vs. BYU at New Orleans - Game was moved from Houston to the Tigers' backyard because of Hurricane Harvey.

Deondre Francois had an appropriate answer when he assessed his performance last season - bumpy.

Tennessee failed to live up to expectations last season and will come into this season having lost a lot of key players.

Western Michigan (+26 1/2) at No. 4 Southern California - Former WMU star Tim Lester takes over for P.J. Fleck and gets USC on a nine-game winning streak. Akers is expected to see plenty of carries to compliment starter Jacques Patrick in the first game of the post-Cook era. And the status of Boilermakers QB David Blough (shoulder) is unsettled.

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January 12, 2015 - The Ohio State Buckeyes defeat the Oregon Ducks 42-20 to win the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship.

Miles at Alcorn State: The Golden Bears take on the challenge of an FCS program at 6 p.m. Saturday in Lorman, Miss.

The first weekend of the 2017 season features three matchups that have two ranked teams facing off, including the biggest game of the weekend, which also happens to be the most-anticipated non-conference matchup of the season.

The biggest difference between neutral kickoffs and bowls is that bowls sell their TV rights to networks, whereas neutral games fall under the existing TV agreements for the participating schools' conferences. No. 5 North Carolina in 1982. Those same scouts may be scared off by Allen's competition in the Mountain West, so these games against Power 5 teams are crucial for the 21-year-old. Coach Larry Fedora is not saying.

Trojans can make a statement for the Sun Belt Conference.

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