By Columnist Matt Lieberman
Who will win Saturday’s matchup between the Florida State Seminoles and the Alabama Crimson Tide?
In a season opener matchup for the ages, the defending national runners-up Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Florida State Seminoles. In the preseason AP Poll, Alabama is ranked as the #1 team in the nation, while Florida State is ranked #2. Who will pull through for the victory when the two powerhouses face each other at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta?
How many touchdowns (passing and rushing) will Jalen Hurts score?
Hurts accounted for 23 touchdowns last season, with most of those coming from running. How many will he put against the formidable Florida State defense this Saturday?
How many sacks will Alabama’s defense pick up against FSU on Saturday?
The Crimson Tide consistently have one of the best defenses in college football. How many times will they sack FSU’s QB on Saturday in Atlanta?
How many rushing touchdowns will FSU’s RB corps score against Bama on Saturday?
Having lost Dalvin Cook to the NFL, FSU will be looking to revamp their squad of running backs this year, starting with Jacques Patrick. Coming in right behind Patrick is freshman Cam Akers who will also attempt to battle for the starting spot. How many rushing TD’s will FSU running backs score against the strong Alabama run defense?
How many rushing touchdowns will FSU QB Deondre Francois score?
FSU has an incredibly mobile quarterback in dual-threat signal-caller Deondre Francois. He scored an important rushing touchdown in the Capital One Orange Bowl against Michigan. Will he do it again on Saturday?
How many sacks will FSU’s defense pick up against Alabama on Saturday?
FSU has had a consistently strong defense in the pass few years, and they return some key starters, but they may have a hard time taking down the mobile threat of Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts.
How many tackles will FSU’s Derwin James record against Alabama on Saturday?
Derwin James only played in two games last season, due to a torn meniscus. In those games he averaged 5.5 tackles and an interception. FSU fans can’t wait to see him return this season.
How many points will be scored in Saturday’s FSU-Alabama game?
These are two top-ranked teams with strong defenses and high-powered rush and passing offenses, so it’s anyone’s guess as to how high scoring of an affair this game will be.