Lee Corso's College GameDay headgear pick: Alabama vs. Florida State

Posted September 03, 2017

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida State Seminoles meet in a rare match-up to open the 2017 college football season on September 2 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It is what's believed to be the best opening game matchup ever. He'll earn all of the accolades (and set himself up for first-round consideration next April) if he's able to consistently make plays against the Tide's physical interior offensive line using his active hands and feet. Jameis Winston will serve as an honorary captain for the Seminoles on Saturday, while Derrick Henry will do the same for the Crimson Tide. It better have, or Francois will be running for his life against Alabama's dominant and punishing front seven.

Corso took the favorite for the second straight show. Terry Bowden is heading into his sixth year at Akron, so it's one of the more stable Group of Five programs, but it's still Akron. The victor, if you assume a high level of expected success for the rest of the year, vaults themselves into the front-runner position for the College Football Playoff, while the loser must regroup quickly for the rest of the season, but can rest easy on the knowledge that their fall in the rankings will be limited, if at all. Michigan, in the third year of the Jim Harbaugh era, is looking to take a step forward and make the College Football Playoff. In that game, Hurts only completed 13 passes out of 31 attempts and was dared by the Clemson defense to beat them with his arm which he failed to do. But you have to cherish them the right way, and luckily for you, I'm here to let you know what games deserve your attention on Saturday. I'll have more on that, including the rule changes and millions of dollars that help out, in tomorrow's Tampa Bay Times.

Alabama's sure-fire dominance almost took a shot - literally - early Sunday morning when starting defensive tackle Raekwon Davis took a stray bullet in the leg outside a bar. "As we say, if we're playing in a parking lot or in a stadium full of people, it should be the same to us".

"We didn't know they'd be 1 and (3), obviously", Stokan said.

You'll have to excuse A&M coach James Spady if he'd rather the return begin with a loss to his Bulldogs.

299: Since he's been at Alabama, Saban has coached 10 games against his former assistants who later became head coaches. "They're going to bring it, and we have to bring it as well".

Neither coach has lost a season opener while at their current job. Most of the points for both teams will come in the 4 quarter. Meanwhile, Saban is eager to put last season behind him and focus on the 2017 campaign.

In the SEC East, Georgia is the favorite, and they should be. However, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 8-3 all-time in matchups against opponents in the top three, giving the Crimson Tide one edge with coaching experience.

Don't be surprised if Coastal Carolina comes into the Sun Belt and immediately starts contending for a title just as Georgia Southern and Appalachian State have in recent years. The big issue is replacing all-everything back Dalvin Cook and junior Jacques Patrick (350 rushing yards last season) will get the first crack. "It's a great football game to start the season off". However, the defense figures look abysmal, and thus I expect them to be near the bottom of the SEC again. The national champion in 2013 and a semifinalist the following year in the first College Football Playoff, the Seminoles haven't been serious title contender the last two seasons. They'll be in LaGrange, Ga., at 2 p.m.