Top Ranked Alabama and 3rd Ranked FSU Kickoff 2017 Season

Alabama Vs Florida State

Alabama and FSU Greatest Opener of All-Time?

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles will officially kick-off the 2017 college football season on Saturday. The traditional power-houses meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game is set to kickoff a little after 8 pm EST and will be televised nationally on ABC.

Never before as a team ranked No. 1 played against a team ranked as high as No. 3 in the first weekend of the season. These are the two winningest College Football Programs since 2010. They have combined for five of the last eight National Champions.

The College Football Playoff will be decided this season at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, so it is only fitting the first college football game ever may likely determine who plays in it. The $1.5 billion replacement for the Georgia Dome will have what is arguably the best college football opening game of all-time. The team that loses this game will not be able to slip up the rest of the 2017 season.

Oddsmakers opened the Crimson Tide as -6.5-point favorites versus the Seminoles, while the game’s total opened at 53. Alabama is now a 7-point favorite and the total is down to 49.5.

Alabama to be Motivated after CFB National Championship Loss

The Tide will motivated against FSU. The Seminoles are picked to unseat Clemson as the ACC champion this year. The Tide has a perfect season ruined by a 35-31 loss to Clemson on a last-second touchdown in the College Football Playoff title game in January. Seven players were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft off the Alabama defense, so that could be a weakness against a powerful FSU offense.

Seven players were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft off the Alabama defense. FSU also has the pedigree of success producing pros and a wealth of talent returning to make a run at a national title. Jalen Hurts will lead a powerful Tide offense. He was the 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a Freshman

FSU Ready to Compete for National Championship?

Florida State can match Hurts with Deondre Francois. He was also a freshman standout a season ago. Francois isn’t Jameis Winston, but has lots of talent and can easily lead this team to a title. He’s the Seminoles’ best quarterback since Winston and if he gets protection from his offensive line can be great.

Florida State won seven of its final eight games a year ago to finish 10-3. They return nine regulars on defense and will have star safety Derwin James back at full strength. He only played two games in 2016 because of a knee injury.

 

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NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Florida State10-38-50005-33-26-64-32-3
Alabama14-110-50006-44-17-83-74-1
Team Records
Florida State Seminoles
NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall10-36-24-18-55-33-235.0825.0010.08
vs Conf5-32-23-14-42-22-230.0025.384.62
Last 33-02-01-03-02-01-036.3319.6716.66

Alabama Crimson Tide

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall14-19-15-010-56-44-138.8013.0025.80
vs Conf9-04-05-06-32-24-139.7814.8924.89
Last 32-11-11-02-11-11-036.3319.3317.00
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Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense
Head To Head Summary
NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Florida State1-01-00-121.0082.002.3430.0063.33266.00348.001.00
Alabama0-10-10-114.0089.003.3053.0052.83240.00329.001.00

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Sep 29, 2007ALABFLAST14-21892403291822663481

College Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Florida State Seminoles

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 30, 2016MICH33-32W6.5/50W/O149222371891632521H
Nov 26, 2016FLA31-13W-8.5/47W/U249138387581492071H
Nov 19, 2016SYRACU45-14W-23/67W/U334320654371962332A
Nov 11, 2016BOST.C45-7W-21/47W/O18023641696501460H
Nov 5, 2016NCSU24-20W-7/58L/U633303931653044690A

Alabama Crimson Tide

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 9, 2017CLEM31-35L-6.5/51L/O22115537691420511-2H
Dec 31, 2016WASH24-7W-13/51.5W/U2695732644150194-3H
Dec 3, 2016FLA54-16W-24/40.5W/O2341383720261261-3A
Nov 26, 2016AUBRN30-12W-20.5/46.5L/U203298501661161821H
Nov 19, 2016CHATT31-3W-48.5/63L/U19613633270114184-1H

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Next up:
Alabama home to Fresno State Saturday, September 9
Florida State home to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, September 9

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