Alabama's Defense Too Much For Florida State In Loss

Angelica Greene
September 4, 2017

Florida State will take away nearly everything in the back-end with their tremendous secondary.

Nevertheless, when that lone loss comes against the nation's No. 1 team, the chance at a college football playoff berth is still highly feasible, considering the schedule up ahead for the Seminoles.

The status of Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois is uncertain after the sophomore suffered a potentially serious knee injury during the Seminoles' 24-7 loss to Alabama on Saturday night. Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois, who looked superb in the first half, was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter after a hit from Tide safety Ronnie Harrison. Without Francois, the Seminoles are in a little more trouble.

As if a matchup between national championship contenders wasn't enough to turn up the hype to full blast, this will be the first game that actually counts in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the $1.5 billion marvel with an enormous, halo-like video board ringing the top of the massive structure.

"We just need to rebound, get back, fix the things that we had wrong and go", Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said after the game. "We'll have to see the diagnosis".

"As the game went on, I feel like we wore them down and were able to execute the way we wanted to". "I think mature competitors that have been in situations like this before handle this a lot better than young players", he said.

"Our kids are disappointed in the result, but at the end, they've got to keep process and we've got to coach better, and the things that go on, that's our job as coaches", Fisher concluded. "When you play great people you can't have those, and we'll look at that and then look at the film, make the adjustments and move on". That's all well and good, but Saban and his Cyborgs marched onto the field Saturday night, steamrolled the Seminoles and declared once again they are still the kings of college football.

Alabama's special teams capitalized on two Florida State mistakes but was far from ideal.

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However, they did give up a big punt return for a touchdown that was one of the bigger early moments on Saturday. Riley who enters his third season as head coach has tried to churn out the best through the preseason.

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Florida State didn't lose because Alabama ran their ass over.

Though the No. 1 Crimson Tide rolled to a 24-7 win over the No. 3 Seminoles, Hurts struggled. Alabama had four players combine for 173 yards on 4.1 yards per carry. If this is what Florida State special teams are going to be like this year, well, that's not going to be good for the Seminoles at all. They couldn't run the ball, and the pressure eventually lead to those ill-timed hits on Francois. That was exacerbated by a special teams meltdown.

Speaking of special teams, they didn't do live up to expectations in this game with that field goal attempt blocked, and in the middle of the third quarter, got their punt blocked as well as Alabama recovered the ball at the eight-yard line in FSU's territory.

Even so, you could hear the trepidation in Fisher's voice after watching his team get chewed up and spit out by Nick Saban and his Crimson Cyborgs. "When you get momentum, I always talk about that all the time".

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MR. VERSATILITY: Florida State safety Derwin James will be playing in his first game in almost a year.

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