The first Saturday of the 2017 college football season will end with a bang as two powerhouses – Florida State and Alabama – meet in the first game played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
For the Seminoles, the first half just got a bit trickier, as defensive back Trey Marshall will have to sit out the first 30 minutes due to his ejection for targeting in the Orange Bowl win against Michigan.
I think that’s crazy,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “You get those red cards in soccer, they don’t follow you from year to year.”
Fisher also stated that the coaches in the ACC are in favor of overturning the rule that a targeting ejection would carry into the next season.
Marshall recorded 58 total tackles last season – good for third on the team – along with two for a loss and four passes broken up.
Both the Seminoles and Crimson Tide will enter the highly hyped matchup with their eyes strictly on returning to the same stadium in January for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.