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Alabama and FSU Greatest Opener of All-Time?

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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Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Florida State 10-3 8-5 0 0 0 5-3 3-2 6-6 4-3 2-3
Alabama 14-1 10-5 0 0 0 6-4 4-1 7-8 3-7 4-1
Team Records
Florida State Seminoles
Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 10-3 6-2 4-1 8-5 5-3 3-2 35.08 25.00 10.08
vs Conf 5-3 2-2 3-1 4-4 2-2 2-2 30.00 25.38 4.62
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 36.33 19.67 16.66

Alabama Crimson Tide

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 14-1 9-1 5-0 10-5 6-4 4-1 38.80 13.00 25.80
vs Conf 9-0 4-0 5-0 6-3 2-2 4-1 39.78 14.89 24.89
Last 3 2-1 1-1 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 36.33 19.33 17.00
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Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense
Head To Head Summary
Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Florida State 1-0 1-0 0-1 21.00 82.00 2.34 30.00 63.33 266.00 348.00 1.00
Alabama 0-1 0-1 0-1 14.00 89.00 3.30 53.00 52.83 240.00 329.00 1.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Sep 29, 2007 ALAB FLAST 14-21 89 240 329 1 82 266 348 1

College Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Florida State Seminoles

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 30, 2016 MICH 33-32 W 6.5/50 W/O 149 222 371 89 163 252 1 H
Nov 26, 2016 FLA 31-13 W -8.5/47 W/U 249 138 387 58 149 207 1 H
Nov 19, 2016 SYRACU 45-14 W -23/67 W/U 334 320 654 37 196 233 2 A
Nov 11, 2016 BOST.C 45-7 W -21/47 W/O 180 236 416 96 50 146 0 H
Nov 5, 2016 NCSU 24-20 W -7/58 L/U 63 330 393 165 304 469 0 A

Alabama Crimson Tide

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jan 9, 2017 CLEM 31-35 L -6.5/51 L/O 221 155 376 91 420 511 -2 H
Dec 31, 2016 WASH 24-7 W -13/51.5 W/U 269 57 326 44 150 194 -3 H
Dec 3, 2016 FLA 54-16 W -24/40.5 W/O 234 138 372 0 261 261 -3 A
Nov 26, 2016 AUBRN 30-12 W -20.5/46.5 L/U 203 298 501 66 116 182 1 H
Nov 19, 2016 CHATT 31-3 W -48.5/63 L/U 196 136 332 70 114 184 -1 H

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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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