Less than two weeks before kickoff is a fair time to start looking at Alabama's first game of the season. And since it's going to be a top-3 showdown, it'll be hard to over-analyze Alabama vs. Florida State. We'll start with the two offenses using some of the same statistical measures we analyze weekly in this space. Since this is Week 1, we can only depend on last season's numbers. Both teams return six starters including the quarterback on the offensive side of the ball.
Nick Saban's had a successful decade at Alabama, but a few colleagues aren't sold on the Crimson Tide coach. He was voted the second most overrated in the profession by a panel of anonymous coaches who spoke with CBS Sports over the summer. Saban received 9 percent of the voted (tied with Lane Kiffin) behind Michigan's Jim Harbaugh at 14 percent. Anyway, Dan Patrick asked Saban on Monday what he thought of this poll released back on Aug. 9.
For the second straight year, Alabama is the No. 1 team in the Associated Press preseason poll. Released Monday morning, the Crimson Tide received 52 of the 61 first place votes. Florida State, Alabama's first opponent on Sept. 2, was No. 3 in the AP poll behind Ohio State. Alabama was already ranked No. 1 by the coaches poll released earlier in August. Nick Saban has railed against preseason expectations from the media a few times already this August.
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