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"We're very excited that he's here and sort of trying to encourage his development in every way that we can so that he can be a very positive performer for us". "I promise you their preparation for FSU will be the same next week for the other FSU, Fresno State".

"This will be the greatest opening game of all time in college football", Gary Stokan told reporters last week, and in case you didn't catch it, the key word here was "opening" when it left the mouth of the president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc., which operates the Chick-fil-A Kickoff.

In Fisher's first year, LSU was 54th in scoring offense, at 26.5 points per game. Coach Nick Saban's squad hadn't been an underdog before that since the 2009 SEC Championship Game against Tim Tebow's Florida Gators.

Both Alabama and Florida State have two defenses that should shine in this game.

In the neighboring state, Jimbo Fisher has his Florida State program back to where it was under the peak Bobby Bowden years.

Florida State will find out immediately if it has the talent to get back to the College Football Playoff for the first time in three years. Along those lines, they smashed a solid Southern Cal team by 46 points during their opener last season. The Tide are +240 favourites to win their fifth national title under Saban. The Seminoles are loaded on both sides of the ball, especially on defense with a couple of AP preseason All-America picks among their nine returning starters. The Florida State defensive secondary might be the country's best.

Alabama has been just as dominant in neutral site openers as it has been against Saban's former assistants.

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Take Florida State, for instance.

As much as anybody, the Seminoles have done their part to disprove the notion that the Southeastern Conference is college football's top league. Head coach Nick Saban and select players met with the media at noon, before the Crimson Tide put in a two-hour session in full pads at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility later in the day. Only once has one of his Alabama teams run the table to a title. Their answers provide insight into what Alabama football fans can expect Saturday night.

Derwin James played in only two games last season because of a knee injury, but he is still considered one of the top defensive players in the nation. Trust me. I know.

"We've got to be ready for whatever", Hamilton said. Before that, you'd have to go back to 2007 when the Tide lost to Georgia in the fourth game of the season. With few exceptions, you lose back then, you're done. Tulsa ranked third in the FBS with 88.2 plays per game last season. "That's one area where I think FSU has the advantage as they have a huge size advantage at wideout with Auden Tate and Keith Gavin both at 6'3" and up and over 220 pounds with speed.

- More Saban on Harris: "He's got great size, speed".

"I like his game". We're going to have 12, 13 or 14 games, maybe 15. College Gameday chose this game as its host, for obvious reasons. He was so relaxed that we could've stayed over for breakfast. "I certainly appreciate the great work that he did for us".

And, yes, everybody will forget about this game by the end of the year. No, the show won't have the same buzz as it did when Notre Dame battled Florida State back then.