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Alabama is everyone’s No. 1, Florida State is actually the second best team – even if the AP and Coaches polls don’t see it that way – with a good argument to be made as the top team in terms of talent. And now. these two get to beat each other up in one of the most impressive opening weekend matchups ever.
Alabama vs Florida State
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium -- Atlanta
Outside of Ohio State, these are perhaps the two most impressive football programs of this decade. Alabama and Florida State have combined to go 17-0 in season openers in the Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher eras, and most of those opponents were legitimate Power 5 teams.
Besides the intriguing coaching matchup, there’s a quarterback battle to watch. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts had a forgettable final month of the 2016 season and struggled again during the College Football Playoff. His rushing ability is elite, but his arm has a long way to go to catch up. Meanwhile, Florida State’s Deondre Francois is perhaps a little overrated at this point; the redshirt sophomore made plenty of big plays last year, but he never blew me away with his accuracy. For instance, in a thrilling Orange Bowl win against Michigan, many of his big plays were the result of scheme or well-run routes as opposed to him throwing a perfect ball. Sound like Hurts? They both have an opportunity to kick-start a Heisman campaign in Atlanta if one of them can provide some consistency (and a big stat line).
That’s a tall task for either one, because these defenses are strong. Alabama is elite again. All those guys who weren’t full-time starters in 2016 — Da’Shawn Hand, Joshua Frazier, Christian Miller, Rashaan Evans and Anfernee Jennings come to mind — have seen plenty of playing time and are ready to add their names to All-SEC and All-America lists. It’s the same old Saban story: The Crimson Tide have reloaded, and this version might be better than the last.
Florida State lost superstar running back Dalvin Cook, its top four receivers and best defensive player … but remains a national title threat. The Seminoles have a solid defensive backfield (featuring safety Derwin James, who might be the top player in the country), though depth is somewhat of a worry at cornerback.
It’s the game that will set the table for the NCAA’s power structure in 2017, and I expect Alabama to overwhelm FSU and stake its claim (once again) as the best team in America.
The pick: Alabama.