It’s being billed as one of the most highly anticipated season openers in the history of college football. So, naturally you can expect the war of words to intensify as we lead up to the Sept. 2 battle between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State from the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.
Florida State is certainly doing its part to stoke the flames, as lineman Landon Dickerson told NCAA.com he doesn’t fear Alabama. In fact, the sophomore went a step further and claimed the players he faces in-house has prepared the Seminoles offense to seize the moment.
FSU players seemed pretty confident they would be ready to play and play well when the moment arrives, with sophomore offensive guard Landon Dickerson saying he believes the competition he faces in practice will be tougher than what he will see on the other side of the line for Alabama.
“I think honestly we probably have a better defensive line than they have,” he said. “I’m competing against (FSU defensive linemen) every day for the next month, so I’m not terribly concerned about Alabama. I do embrace (the challenge) because I believe that we have the athleticism and the ability to beat this team. If we keep going on the course we’re on now, we have a really good chance to beat them.”
That’s some Grade-A smack talk. Not that the Tide needs anymore more motivation but you can bet Nick Saban will give Dickerson’s comments the full bulletin board treatment.
For an Alabama team itching to make a statement in the wake of last season’s disappointing ending, Dickerson just provided even more fuel.