#1 Alabama vs. #3 Florida State: Who wins opening week? | The Tylt
#1 Alabama vs. #3 Florida State: Who wins opening week?
Alabama comes into its first game of the season as the No. 1 team in the country, and a chip on its shoulder after losing the national championship last year. Florida State enters the game as the No. 3 team in the nation, according to the AP Poll, possessing one of the most imposing defensive secondaries in college football. Who wins this game?
It's been 10 years since the Alabama Crimson Tide has been ranked outside of the top five in the AP Poll. There's a reason for that—Alabama is a damn good football team. Since Nick Saban took over, the Crimson Tide is undefeated on opening day. That trend will not end this year.
The team lost some of its key defensive players, but Alabama might have one of the best secondaries in the country. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Anthony Averett, Tony Brown and Ronnie Harrison form an intimidating defensive backfield who can shut down any aerial attack. Throw in returning quarterback Jalen Hurts, imposing running back Bo Scarbrough, and wide receiver Calvin Ridley, and you have a team that is too much to handle for Florida State.
Alabama may have had success on opening week in the past, but it has never faced an opponent quite like Florida State. The Seminoles are the highest ranked opening day matchup Nick Saban has faced since he took the job in Tuscaloosa. A challenge like Florida State this early in the season will be too much for the Crimson Tide to handle.
The Seminoles lost some talent with Dalvin Cook leaving to the NFL, but quarterback Deondre Francois returns with some dangerous weapons in wideouts Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate. Florida State also has an intimidating secondary with Derwin James returning from injury and a host of experienced players looking to show their skills once again.
The Crimson Tide won't leave Atlanta with a win. Florida State will hand Nick Saban his first opening week loss as Alabama head coach.