Are Florida State and college football fans prepared for the most-anticipated opening game in college football history? Well, if the answer is still no, then the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has the perfect hype video to view in order to get ready.
New season. New stadium. New GOAT.
— ChickfilA Peach Bowl (@CFAPeachBowl) August 10, 2017
The Florida State-Alabama Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game would be historic regardless of how good these teams are because it will be the first regular-season game played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. But as the video states, the game is also being billed as the greatest season opener of all-time in college football.
It’s possible that Alabama and Florida State will be ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the AP preseason polls. The AP rankings come out in a couple weeks; Alabama is No. 1 and Florida State is No. 3 in the USA Today preseason poll. Since 1950, the highest-ranked opener was between the No. 1 and 4 team in the country, and that hasn’t happened since the mid-1980s.
And these two programs didn’t just luck into the top rankings. Alabama and Florida State are first and second, respectively, in wins since 2010, and the two schools have combined to win five of the last eight national championships.
Alabama is 4-0 all-time in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. This will be Florida State’s first appearance in the kickoff game held in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide is 2-1-1 all-time against the Seminoles, but FSU won 21-14 the last time the schools met in 2007.