Nick Saban discusses Alabama's Week 1 matchup against Florida State
When Saturday, Sept. 2, rolls around, all eyes will be on Atlanta, where the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles are set to meet up in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Alabama, the No. 1 team in the country, will take on the No. 3 Seminoles in one of the best Week 1 matchups in the history of college football.
On Thursday, Alabama coach Nick Saban discussed what makes Florida State such a good team, telling AL.com that Fisher’s squad is a detailed bunch that executes their game plan very well:
“Look, it’s a little bit more traditional,” Saban said, “and I think that’s a good thing because they beat you with execution. That’s why I saw discipline and focus to attention to detail are going to be very important in this game because that’s the kind of team we’re playing.”
He added that calling the Seminoles “traditional” wasn’t meant as an insult, saying that he simply meant they run a more pro-style offense:
“Jimbo is very creative in what he does, but they’re a little more traditional,” Saban said. “When I say traditional I’m talking about they’re not really a spread team. They have RPOs, but they don’t live and die with them. It’s really difficult to get the scout team to be able to execute at that level for us. It’s always a challenge on defense.”
Next weekend’s marquee game is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. Eastern time and can be seen on ABC.