Alabama vs Florida State Game Info, Prediction, Online Preview. Florida State vs Alabama College Football week 1 game online. It’s a rare top-5 matchup to open the season as the Crimson Tide checked in at No. 1 with Florida State slotted at No. 3 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll. Both teams are early favorites to win their respective conferences and make the College Football Playoff.
For Alabama, it would mark the fourth consecutive year the Crimson Tide have made the final four, winning it all in 2015. Florida State made the playoff in 2014, the first year of the final four setup, but is looking to make a return trip.
Alabama vs Florida State Game Info.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
One Reason Why Alabama Will Win
When push comes to shove, can Florida State do enough pushing and shoving? Will the lines be physical enough once Alabama starts pounding?
It’s the game’s biggest question mark – will new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Brian Daboll keep things relatively vanilla, or will there be more downfield shots?
Behind yet another tremendous O line, and with a loaded backfield highlighted by a dangerous running quarterback in Jalen Hurts, Daboll and the Crimson Tide offense might just line up, pound away, and dare Florida State’s defensive front to hold up for a full four quarters.
The talent is certainly there on the Seminole front four, and the run defense was a brick wall last year after being ripped up by the Lamar Jackson show and the South Florida spread attack, but this might be different. This should be a war of attrition.
That goes for the other side, too. The offensive line is Florida State’s one relative concern to start the season, and – duh – the Alabama defensive front is going to be outstanding again.
One Reason Why Florida State Will Win
Hurts has supposedly improved as a passer.
He’s worked on his mechanics with Daboll, he’s gotten stronger at pushing the ball down the field, and he’s rounding out his game after a rocky end to last season when it came to throwing a football well.
That’s practice, though. And yes, while going against the Alabama secondary every day will make you better, but when it comes to dealing with live action, this Florida State secondary isn’t one to tune up against.
With Derwin James back and healthy to lead a loaded group of NFL defensive backs, don’t expect Hurts to all of sudden turn into Tom Brady when he needs to get the passing attack working.
Making matters worse, three of last year’s top four Alabama pass catchers have to be replaced, so if FSU can hold up against the run and force third-and-longs – and keep Hurts from taking off – the D will get the Tide off the field.
What’s Going To Happen
52-6. That’s what Alabama did to USC to start out last season, effectively taking away the will of the Trojans midway through the first half.
35-17. Wisconsin put up a fantastic fight, but even the toughest of tough guy teams buckled against the Tide as the game went on.
33-23 over West Virginia, 35-10 over Virginia Tech, and 41-14 over Michigan. Those three young out the last five season openers for the Crimson Tide when they were supposed to be challenged, slow coming out of the gate, or with a few problems to deal with.
Yes, of course, every year is different, and Florida State is better than all five of the teams the Tide rolled through, but Bama will get the job done on the lines, defensively, and in a tough performance that won’t be a walk in the park, but will show that, yeah, this is the No. 1 team in the country.
Alabama vs Florida State Prediction
Florida State vs Alabama College Football week 1 game Prediction.
Final Score: Alabama 31, Florida State 23
Line: Alabama -7, o/u: 49