FSU vs. Alabama: Good Times, Bad Times

UA students camp out for tickets to Alabama vs. Florida State game

With a full year of experience to build off, the Florida State quarterback should be even better in 2017. Whether we're talking individually or collectively, both teams deserve praise these days.

The College Football Playoff National Championship is scheduled to take place in Atlanta.

Our College Football Public Betting Page shows that 57% of public bettors are laying the points on Alabama.

Patrick, who is expected to start at running back against Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, entertained the idea of taking an official visit to Alabama.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide and No. 3 FSU meet in the first-ever opening matchup of preseason Top-3 teams since The Associated Press began ranking in 1950. Lee Corso is picking Southern Cal overall with Florida State making the CFP as the ACC champion. Alabama cherishes its icon for the ages in Paul Bryant, but Florida State wouldn't trade Bobby Bowden for the Bear, the Pope or anybody else. Both coaches come into Saturday's game as the only two active coaches with winning records against Top 25 teams and neither coach has lost a season opener in their current roles with their respective teams.

As good as Florida State might be, did you expect the Crimson Tide to be underdogs? The Crimson Tide have won four national titles in this stretch and five Southeastern Conference championships, including the last three in a row by runaway margins. We are here to give you the Top Against the Spread Pick for the game between the two College Football giants.

Derwin James played in only two games last season because of a knee injury, but he is still considered one of the top defensive players in the nation.

Western Michigan will not be a pushover: They have one of the better offensive lines in the country and a couple very good RBs.

For Tide senior middle linebacker Rashaan Evans, there are more similarities between Francois and the last dual-threat quarterback the Tide faced - Clemson's Deshaun Watson. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is a former assistant to Saban. For the Seminoles, a victory here could make a great case for an at-large berth, whether they win or lose their conference.

In addition to top-ranked Alabama and rival Miami, Florida State hosts Louisville and reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson on October 21.

So what happened? Why didn't Harrison end up at Florida State? Or will they spiral downward after a loss to the tide?

With a new coordinator ready to give Hurts more options, instead of riding the ball possession wave and run the ball repeatedly, Alabama has the arsenal for a much more balanced attack this season.

In the offseason, more money was bet on Alabama to win the national championship than was wagered on any other team at the majority of books. Trust me. I know. With all of that being mentioned, I still don't feel like Miami is close to being "back" to the dominant team they were in the 80's and 90's. You only develop the tension I'm referencing when both teams realize their fate for the season depends on their game RIGHT NOW, which normally occurs in October and November.

Florida State will find out immediately if it has the talent to get back to the College Football Playoff for the first time in three years. Bama will be favoured in every regular-season game, barring injury, with the toughest tests after Saturday likely November 4 vs.

Let's hit the fast-forward button. I'm telling you as a friend, the CFP Selection Committee isn't going to award South Florida a top four spot with its only Power Five win over IL. People say it every year, but I truly think this year the playoff race is wide open. While they haven't yet recreated the magic of their historic victory at MI, they've turned into a very solid Group of Five program. Speaking of ESPN, this game was so massive that the network took "College Gameday" on the road for the first time. Morgan rocketed the ball through the keeper's hands for the goal. He was so relaxed that we could've stayed over for breakfast.