The build up for Florida State vs. Alabama was tremendous. Unfortunately, the Tide made sure that the game was there’s and there’s only. And, in the end, the Noles couldn’t get anything going against Bama’s tough defense in the second half and got decisively beaten 24-7.
RB Damien Harris led three Alabama players with at least 50 yards rushing on the night, as he finished with 73 of them on just nine carries, including this third quarter score.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 3, 2017
On the flip side, Nick Saban is a defensive wizard and he re-loaded his 2017 guys and they completely stymied FSU’s ground game holding them to just 40 total yards rushing on 27 carries. FSU did not score in the final three quarters.
The Noles had a great first quarter drive of 90 yards capped by a Deondre Francois TD pass to Auden Tate. But, from there on, they were either forced to punt or came up with three turnovers.
Francois was battered a lot of the second half, something he was used to last season, and despite throwing for 210 yards, he threw two critical second half interceptions and was sacked and hit repeatedly.
Francois eventually left the game in the fourth quarter with an injured left knee and did not return. He was being evaluated, as the game ended. Post game, he was seen by media members on crutches with a large brace on his left leg. He will be further evaluated, as the team returns to Tallahassee.
Back to Alabama, the preseason #1, which features Jalen Hurts at QB and he threw a 53 yard bomb TD in the first half to star wideout Calvin Ridley. Hurts finished with just 96 yards passing, but because they ran it effectively, and played tremendous D, it was an easy win.
It is the sixth straight year where the Tide have been matched with another “Power five” conference team on a neutral field to open the season. And, they have won every game by at least 10 points and five of them by at least 17 points.
That’s called domination.
And it’s also why they are the pre-season #1 every year, too.