Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has a message for the SEC: you are no longer the king of college football.
Speaking at ACC Media Days on Thursday, Fisher made it known his feelings on where the ACC stands.
“I think we’ve established ourselves as the premier conference in college football.”
That sound you hear is a collective gasp from all over the Southeast, but Fisher does have a point. Clemson is the reigning champion, defeating Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game last season, while Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson returns this season as the defending Heisman Trophy winner.
As for the Seminoles, they are just four years removed from stopping the SEC’s national title streak at seven, beating Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game. Fisher’s squad also took down two SEC teams last season; Ole Miss in the season opener and then Florida, defeating the rival Gators for the fourth straight year.
Florida State and Fisher will have the opportunity to make another statement regarding the ACC’s supremacy when they face Alabama on Sept. 2 in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban recognizes that the Seminoles resemble a SEC team.
“Florida State, especially, is built like an SEC team, you know, like our teams,” Saban said on Wednesday at SEC Media Days. “You think of Florida State, you think of fast, explosive players which they have a lot of, but they are also a big, physical, play great defense, tough, you know, team. And I think it’s probably Jimbo’s experience in this league that sort of why he built his team that way. And that’s certainly the kind of team that they have this year.”
Fisher wasn’t the only ACC coach that had that sentiment, with Boston College head coach Steve Addazio doubling down on the sentiment.
“We’re playing in the best conference in college football, and that’s not even debatable anymore,” Addazio said.
Addazio might say it is a no-brainer, he is wrong: this debate has just begun