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FSU-Bama 'almost feels like a national championship game Week 1'

MONICA HERNDON | Times

24

August

The buzz is continuing to build for next Saturday's blockbuster showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.

"It almost feels like a national championship game Week 1," ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during a teleconference Wednesday.

It's the highest season-opening matchup ever and one of only four top-five season openers.

One of the most interesting aspects to the game in Atlanta is the coaching matchup - Nick Saban against his former pupil, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher.

"If you put those two guys in a cornhole game together for halftime entertainment, that might be as good as the actual game itself," Herbstreit said. "They want to win and compete. I think that has a lot to do with why they both enjoy so much success." 

I'd totally watch that competition, by the way. It's better than the chest-pass-the-ball-into-a-soda-can-thing games.

A few other excerpts from Herbstreit:

* He said a Jim McElwain offense typically has a cerebral quarterback who "was literally an extension of him into the huddle," even if that player wasn't the most talented. Herbstreit didn't say this, but I will: That sounds like Luke Del Rio to me.

He predicts FSU to meet Miami (again) in the ACC title game and said Mark Richt clearly looks refreshed since rejoining his alma mater.

"He looks as young and energetic as I've seen him," Herbstreit said.

Herbstreit said he was blown away by the toughness of FSU quarterback Deondre Francois.

"It seemed like every game he played, he was on his back, or he was throwing a touchdown pass," Herbstreit said.

Francois, for the record, threw 20 touchdown passes and was sacked 36 times.

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