Jimbo Fisher downplays Cam Akers, opener against Alabama
Florida State's Sept. 2 matchup against Alabama is still looming as perhaps the biggest opening-weekend game in college football history. That's not hyperbole.
It's also not on the mind of FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, or, he hopes, his Seminoles.
"Our culture is to stay true to the process," Fisher said Wednesday, channeling his former boss, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. "We're not worried about results or opponents. We're worried about ourselves."
Fisher pointed out some of the similar opening games FSU has played recently (Ole Miss last September, Oklahoma State in 2014). He also brought up the old coaching cliché that it isn't a one-game season - the ‘Noles have 11 games after ‘Bama.
He's right, of course. A loss to the Tide but 12 wins after that (including the ACC championship) would likely get FSU into the College Football Playoff.
The other interesting thing Fisher said during Wednesday's ACC football coaches' teleconference was actually what he didn't say about his running back position. Early enrollee Cam Akers certainly looked like a five-star recruit in the spring game, but Fisher continues to downplay him - and talk up other running backs Jacques Patrick, Amir Rasul and St. Petersburg Catholic product Ryan Green.
"We have a lot of guys in that group," Fisher said.
But Akers is still the most talented, and probably the most important for this fall, even if Fisher won't say it.