Jimbo Fisher knows Alabama’s defense will be in for a challenge against Deshaun Watson and the Clemson offense.
The Florida State coach said it will be up to the Alabama offense to keep up.
Fisher appeared Tuesday morning on the “Dan Patrick Show,” and had some thoughts on next week’s game.
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“Deshaun is special,” Fisher said. “In a lot of ways. He controls the tempo of the game. He has the ability to. When it’s up, it’s up, when it’s down, it’s down, and bring them back to even keel, no matter what. He’s arguably the best player in the country, he really is. He is a phenomenal player to compete against, he really is.”
Fisher said Watson can be effective not just on design runs, but also using his instincts to determine when to use his athletic ability to make a play.
Watson’s ability makes stopping wide receiver Mike Williams and Clemson’s other weapons, even tougher.
“Clemson is going to get theirs,” Fisher said. “I think the key matchup, as much as anything, is how much Alabama scores. Just like last year. No one thought Alabama would score 45.”
Jimbo Fisher on Saban
Fisher said what makes Saban so effective is how he controls the tempo of the game.
Fisher worked for Saban at LSU, but said he will not be hearing from his former boss about how to contain his Atlantic Coast Conference’s rival.
“Nick and I are very close, I mean extremely close,” Fisher said. “But I have a lot of respect for Dabo and our conference and what goes on. And Nick wouldn’t do that, he’ll watch the film and make adjustments like 99% of the people in the world would do. And he makes good ones, that’s for sure.”
Clemson and Alabama will play in the College Football Playoff national title game on Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET in Tampa.