Getting a ticket to perhaps the best week 1 game in the history of college football just became a little bit tougher.
It was announced on Friday morning that the game between Alabama and Florida State had officially sold out. The two teams, who figure to both be ranked in the top-5, and possibly No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, meet on Sept. 2 in Atlanta in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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This game will be the first time that Jimbo Fisher faces off against Nick Saban, as Fisher was Saban’s offensive coordinator at LSU. Saban has an excellent track record against his former assistants, but Fisher is a different beast, as he’s one of just 4 active coaches that have won a national title.
“We’re calling this game the GOAT, the Greatest Opener of All Time, because of the projected rankings, the dominance of these two programs and the fact that this is the toughest ticket I have seen in my 20 years in college football,” Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. said in a release. “To possibly have #1 against #2 in the first game of the season is a credit to the programs that Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher have built and their willingness to play this game shows their desire to compete at the highest level.”
The Crimson Tide return much of their firepower on offense from last season, including SEC Player of the Year, while the Seminoles boast a wealth of talent on defense and bring back quarterback Deondre Francois.
Kickoff for the game is set for 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.