Crimson Tide special teams too much for FSU

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher gestures during an NCAA college football game against Charleston Southern. At right in a Dec. 3 2016 file

Crimson Tide special teams too much for FSU

It didn't happen quickly.

Florida State could pull off the upset, let alone just cover the spread.

The final score matches that of the last time Alabama played in Atlanta, a 24-7 win over Washington in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl. Another edge will come due to the fact they have both their quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Bo Scarborough returning to the field this season. It was slow, methodical and brutally physical at times.

Future Sunday stars dot each team's roster, with two premier sophomore quarterbacks - Jalen Hurts for the Crimson Tide, Deondre Francois for the Seminoles - and two of the sport's best defensive backs, Derwin James for Florida State and New Jersey's Minkah Fitzpatrick for Alabama.

Both Florida State fans and Jimbo Fisher alike have praised the defense all summer and for good reason. Since the ninth game of the 2008 season (116 games), Alabama has played 50 games while being ranked No. 1, posting a 44-6 record during that span.

Buccaneers quarterback and former Heisman Trophy victor Jameis Winston was Florida State's honorary captain.

Late in the third quarter, Saban sent Tony Brown on a blitz from his spot at nickelback. Jackson hasn't been getting a ton of love this offseason, but he can provide a reminder as to why he won the Heisman past year against a Purdue defense that will be hard-pressed to stop him at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Ricky Aguayo's blocked field goal to end the first half wasted a one-minute drive that almost gave FSU a lead heading into halftime.

They also have two redshirt senior cornerbacks in Anthony Averett and Levi Wallace who drastically improved over the course of 2016.

The "Greatest Opener of All Time" pits top ranked Alabama against third ranked Florida State in Atlanta on September 3rd.

It was a statement win for Alabama. The Crimson Tide lost a season ago in the national title game to DeShaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers.

When Tide running backs Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris tried to run up the middle, there was practically nowhere for them to go. They made the plays.

Florida State's offense moved the ball consistently during the first half, but fell flat in the second half. During that span, the 'Noles limited their opponents to 841 rushing yards and a paltry 2.74 yards per carry. Despite starting at the Alabama 31-yard line, the Seminoles were not able to capitalize.

The team of Nick Saban was preferred in that game since they're just.

Never mind the convincing win on a national stage. Brian Burns and Josh Sweat, who combined for 16.5 sacks last season, will pose a major challenge for Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams and either Matt Womack or true freshman Jedrick Willis on the right side. JACK linebacker Anfernee Jennings sprained his ankle, Saban said, sidelining him for the second half. Alabama won that battle, too.

FSU answered with a nice drive of its own, but was stopped on fourth-and-2 at the Alabama 34. When Francois had a clean pocket, he showed good touch with the football, and freshman tailback Cam Akers showed real promise. They're all great leagues. "We just need to rebound, get back and fix the things that we did wrong".

"We're not quitting as a team".

Florida State enters the year with questions about its playmakers surrounding Francois. From Thursday through Monday, fans can plan their days around watching college football games.

As if a matchup between national championship contenders wasn't enough to turn up the hype to full blast, this will be the first game that actually counts in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the $1.5 billion marvel with an enormous, halo-like video board ringing the top of the massive structure.

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