Is Alabama-Florida State “too big” of a season opener?
That’s the argument made by Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett, who forms an interesting point that little is at stake when the Crimson Tide face the Seminoles on Sept. 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Check out part of his analysis:
CBS Sports, Athlon, Phil Steele, College Football News, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and (assuredly) a host of others I didn’t bother to look up picked both Alabama and Florida State to reach the Playoff, which feels a little bit like a threshold has been crossed, where the sport is a little bit less like its past self and a little more like college basketball. …
Next Saturday’s Alabama-Florida State game is (best I can tell) the highest-rated opening game in college football history. And because of that, no one’s season is at risk. Because these teams are so highly thought of, nothing’s at stake.
The Alabama-Florida State game has received a ton of hype, so at first glance it seems strange to think that the contest can be bad in any way. But Barnett’s point about the matchup being like an early-season matchup in college basketball between two blue bloods is interesting.
After all, one of the great things about college football is that regular-season games mean so much week to week. But honestly, it would be silly to punish the loser of Alabama-Florida State in a major way.
Is that good for college football? It’s debatable. But the conversation is worth having.