The monster matchup between Alabama and Florida State on Sept. 2 in Atlanta is appealing in so many ways.
Certainly, the talent on the field will be a sight on behold. Both teams boast stellar playmakers, and the game will have the feel of a College Football Playoff game instead of a season opener.
But the chess match between Alabama coach Nick Saban and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, a former offensive coordinator under Saban at LSU, will be fascinating to follow as well.
We receive some insight into Fisher’s thought process of facing Saban in an interesting piece by ESPN’s Chris Low. Check out what Fisher told Low about the upcoming test against Saban.
“The thing about Nick is that as soon as you think you have him down, he will throw you a curveball. I know this: They are going to play hard. They are going to be well-prepared in all phases. You have to beat them. They aren’t going to beat themselves. That’s hopefully what we do, too.”
Anything is possible, but it would be interesting to see how Alabama would respond if it trailed Florida State late in the second half. Both coaches are among college football’s elite, so it seems unlikely that either team will enjoy a comfortable victory in this one.
Sept. 2 can’t arrive soon enough.