Alabama reportedly discussing neutral-site meeting with prominent ACC program
ESPN’s Chris Low recently discussed Alabama’s future scheduling with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. In addition to Saban’s quotes in favor of UA scheduling 10 Power 5 games, Low’s article contains a nugget about a possible semi-familiar future Alabama opponent.
“Alabama is also in the process of trying to finalize a neutral-site game with Florida State in Atlanta in 2025,” Low writes when listing Alabama’s future neutral-site meetings.
Florida State and Alabama memorably met in Atlanta to open the 2017 season. The ACC/SEC clash had Game of the Century-like hype leading up to kickoff. Saban, like always, beat his former assistant, then-FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.
The final score was 24-7 in UA’s favor. The game is arguably better remembered for former FSU QB Deondre Francois’ injury. The Seminoles starter would miss the rest of the season, and it was all downhill from there for Fisher’s squad. FSU entered the 2017 campaign with national title expectations, but would need an end-of-season makeup game (with Fisher having left for Texas A&M) to secure bowl eligibility.
The teams previously met in 1965 (Alabama won 21-0), 1974 (37-37 tie) and 2007 (FSU won 21-14). Florida State’s 2007 win was later vacated.
Correction: The 2007 win was originally attributed to Alabama. Both programs vacated wins in the 2007 season, though the 2007 meeting in Jacksonville was FSU’s win to vacate.