College Game Day will be broadcasting live outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday before the big games.
"He's a vocal leader and also you want to follow him". UCLA and Arizona State must travel to Palo Alto, but both are Pac-12 foes with offenses that could pose problems for the home team, especially depending on what happens in Stanford's first two contests. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff on ABC with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi on the call.
Saban has urged his players to move on and put last year's last-second loss to Clemson last year behind them as they prepare for 2017. A No. 1 team has never faced another team in the Top 3 in the opening week of a college football season. Any of these teams could be boom-or-bust in 2017, but there is capability for one or two in this group to sneak their way into the top later in the season.
Defending Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals prepares for his encore season after a 51 combined (rushing and passing) touchdown performance a year ago and led his Cardinals to a 9-4 record. On the offensive side of the ball, Florida State brings back four of its five starters on its offensive line with ACC Rookie of the Year, Deondre Francois, returning at quarterback. Florida features three quarterbacks (Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio) with three different styles that can could create a tough test for the Wolverines' defense.
Hurts sounded downright unimpressed by all those trappings when the sophomore quarterback was asked Monday if he's used to these kinds of games. Quarterback Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma is right behind them, and don't forget two other quarterbacks - 2016 victor Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, twice a top-10 finisher in the balloting.
The same could be said of a number of early season nonconference matchups involving ranked teams: No. 11 MI vs. The Mountaineers are 21-5 in their last two seasons with two bowl victories and past year they took #9 Tennessee to overtime on opening weekend. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is not underestimating the Mountaineers and his team will be prepared to play a quality opponent from the Sun Belt Conference. This season looks to set off with a bang as well, and fans should be pumped up.
Alabama, bidding for a flawless 15-0 season, lost 35-31 to Clemson on a last-second touchdown in the College Football Playoff title game last January after a 24-7 victory over Washington in a semifinal pairing at the Georgia Dome.More news: Showtime Sued Over Mayweather-McGregor Fight Live-Stream Glitches
It's certainly not the first time the two schools have hooked up. Florida State's defense ranked in the top 25. Except for trying to guess when Saban will explode against one of his players or coaches, this game will lack overall tension, and that's among the prerequisites for any Game of the Century.
Everybody knows Alabama will win, because that's what the Crimson Tide always does in these situations.
The Crimson Tide are 5-2 at the Westgate SuperBook, just ahead of Ohio State at 3-1.
The opening week of college football has gotten better and better over the years as more teams beef up their non-conference schedules to improve their early season rankings and (most importantly nowadays) impress the College Football Playoff selection committee with a big, bold W on their schedule.
A potential repeat victor, topping last year's feats won't be easy.
But Swinney knows the victory will not come easy for both teams and their head coaches.
The offense has the most questions. In addition, Georgia Tech lost its top running back Dedrick Mills for violating team rules. The battle went back-and-forth for several months. Who's going to make the most mental errors? Thursday's session will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Seminoles' attempt to pin Alabama deep failed as Bucky Berrey made the game-winning 36-yard field goal with 33 seconds to play.
This is maybe the biggest matchup in the history of College football for week one.