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Jimbo Fisher: I scheduled Alabama, so I'd better be ready

Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher, shown here after the game the Seminoles beat the USF 55-35 in Tampa, likes the prospects of starting the season against Alabama.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher, shown here after the game the Seminoles beat the USF 55-35 in Tampa, likes the prospects of starting the season against Alabama.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With kickoff still almost two full months away, the buzz is continuing to build for the mammoth Florida State-Alabama game in Atlanta.

"I scheduled it, so I'd better be ready for it," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday during the ACC Kickoff.

Fisher said many of the expected things about the Crimson Tide. He praised their physicality, size and strength. He called his former boss, Nick Saban, "one of the great football coaches in this country and one of the greatest of all time." 

But Fisher isn't backing down from ‘Bama, either. The reason this game might be the biggest season opener ever isn't just because Alabama has become the best program of the modern era. It's because the best program of the modern era is playing another powerhouse, one with three national championships and three Heismans over the last quarter-century.

"You know, we've got pretty good tradition and history, too," Fisher said. "Since 1980, we're the winningest team in college football. You've got great history, great tradition. If you're a competitor, it's what you look forward to."

Only seven weeks and one day. But who's counting?

[Last modified: Friday, July 14, 2017 9:24am]

    

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