Tom Jones: FSU and Alabama show scheduling guts in opener

Tom Jones: FSU and Alabama show scheduling guts in opener

Florida State wide receiver Nyqwan Murray out-runs MI cornerback Jourdan Lewis for a 92-yard touchdown pass from Deondre Francois Friday evening at the Orange Bowl. No. 4 UCLA in 1986, No. 1 Nebraska vs. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide had dismantled the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles 24-7 in Atlanta, and he did have praise for the defense. Florida State on the other hand is a team that is not as use to this.

Certainly, the victor gets a huge gold star on its resume.

Two - Terrell Lewis (elbow) and Christian Miller (biceps) - are "very questionable" for next week's game against Fresno State, according to Saban. Enjoy the action all season long! 20 USC set the table for an undefeated run into the national title game against Clemson.

"I think both of these teams are going to be well-prepared to play this game", Saban said. "The only difference is that the next game that we play is going to be the biggest game for me".

That may be the case with four current Top-25 teams - though one, No. 17 Florida may challenge that after its defeat at the hands of No. 11 MI.

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.

And let's not forget: This is same place where the national championship game will be held in January. "Their defense did a great job, and we just didn't make the plays on our side of the ball to get us back in".

The Crimson Tide are now sitting at 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games overall with 4-0-1 in their last 5 games vs ACC and 20-6-1 in their last 27 neutral-site games to go OVER the match total.

Ridley once again comes up big Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) reacts with offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) after catching a pass for a successful two-point conversion against the Florida State Seminoles in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Crimson Tide have won four national titles under Nick Saban and Florida State has claimed one under Jimbo Fisher and both squads are forecasted to be in the title hunt this season. They will seem to slow down Jalen Hurts, that returns after being called the 2016 SEC Player of the Year as a 29, as Alabama's starting quarterback. I'm the kind of guy who is watching basketball at 7 PM and then watching tennis at 1 A.M.

In the second half, the Tide defense was more effective, shutting out the Seminole attack. "I wasn't the starter week one of previous year", Hurts recalled.

Special teams: Make no mistake about it, this game is a clash of the titans. Florida State should improve on defense with 9 returning starters after allowing 25.0 points per game last season.

The Tide defense can be a bit suspect, at least relatively when comparing the unit to the talent they had in the past two years. He's already on the Davey O'Brien and Manning Award watch lists, and his name will be tossed around as an early Heisman frontrunner if he shines in a win against No. 1 Alabama.

With traffic notorious in this metropolis, it fit that a sparkling Mercedes-Benz Stadium made its big-game debut with somebody getting stuck far from the goal for a nightmarish duration. JACK linebacker Anfernee Jennings sprained his ankle, Saban said, sidelining him for the second half. He played behind a leaky offensive line last season and, despite take more hits than a crash-test dummy, he showed never really showed signs of shell shock - until he was hit on a scramble with 5:44 left and hobbled off the field with assistance. The only thing pretty about the game was the final score: a 24-7 win over the No. 3-ranked team in the country. Fisher has also toyed with the idea of James putting in some time at receiver.

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