Lights, camera, action: No. 1 Bama, No. 3 FSU ready to roll

Lights, camera, action: No. 1 Bama, No. 3 FSU ready to roll

And we haven't even discussed the Atlantic Division's other ranked teams, No. 16 Louisville (Oct. 21 at Florida State's place) and No. 5 Clemson (Nov. 11 on the road), not to mention the Gators on Nov. 25 in Gainesville.

Who is calling Alabama football vs. Florida State for ABC?

College football owns Labor Day weekend and has turned it into five-day football holiday.

If you're a Crimson Tide fan, then you know how big this game is, especially as a season opener.

They each could have taken the easy way out.

This one pits top-ranked Alabama against No. 3 Florida State in the first-ever opening matchup of preseason Top-3 teams since the Associated Press started selecting them in 1950.

Calvin Ridley entered his junior season focused on this season and not on the likelihood that this might be his final season at Alabama. His 82 receiving yards give him 1,896 career receiving yards, good enough for fifth best all-time at Alabama. Everyone goes home happy. I'm already writing sports articles for the Daily Cardinal (a school newspaper).

Florida State Seminoles running back Cam Akers (3) is brought down by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (20) during the second half Saturday. When push comes to shove, we are betting the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the game straight up.

But while such match-ups of heavyweights are good for college football, it is not always good for the loser of such a game.

These are two teams that could rematch in the college football playoffs and I see this first matchup going to the Crimson Tide running game.

WHAT SHARPS SAY: 'These are two of the best teams in the nation, so it is a shame that one will have a loss after the first week.

Knowing that, it's smarter to schedule a crummy opponent and get the easy win. He made 36 tackles last season. But the sophomore may find himself flat on his back against strong defenses if his offensive line does not improve in front of him.

"They do all the things that you have to do to be successful". Derwin James is a tone setter on defense and is an asset in every facet of the defense; in run support or against the pass. The victor of this game may very well be whichever team has the ball last. They cost FSU dearly Saturday. "And it took everything that we had in all facets of the game, the way we played defense, the turnovers that we got, the difference in special teams in terms of blocked field goal, a blocked punt, as well as a turnover on a kickoff return that gave great field position". Gambling season is indeed here and I am going to try to build on my 2016 season, in which I won 55 percent of my picks, but spent a majority of the season over the 60 percent mark before a playoff swoon, including 0-3 in the AFC/NFC title games and Super Bowl, derailed me.

Francois will be asked to carry the load, at least early on, as his talented, but inexperienced, playmakers find their way, after losing the leading rusher (Dalvin Cook) and receiver (Travis Rudolph) from a year ago. That didn't happen when, on one play, that punt-mauler Harris himself started left, hopped back right and squirted through everybody to some lonely joy in the end zone. "There is probably more hype because we've had longer to talk about it as a season opener". Insane things can happen. That got blocked, leaving FSU down three at the half. Although FSU got better as the season progressed (just two sacks allowed versus Florida and Michigan), it'll have its hands full with the Bama pass rush, which led the nation with 54 sacks a year ago. That being said, their defense is still elite and they have offensive firepower. Both defenses will be tested on Saturday night against offenses that averaged 35.1 ppg (FSU) and 38.8 ppg (Bama) last season.' - Covers Expert Steve Merril.

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