One of the marquee nonconference games in college football this season will kick off when Florida State football and Alabama meet Sept. 2 in Atlanta.
The scheduling of this game began a long time ago with discussions about the matchup between the top teams. On Tuesday, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher explained why he wanted to schedule the game when the opportunity presented itself.
“At that time back then, our league wasn’t like it is now,” Fisher said. “You’re trying to make sure you schedule nonconference games for championships and things like that, which we do. People don’t realize, we do two. Nobody in the country does it any better than we do. We play Florida and Alabama. We play Notre Dame and Florida. Oklahoma State, Ole Miss.
“We’ve scheduled two major, major [games]. Clemson has done it a couple times. You talk about nonconference matchups, it’s good for you.”
The two teams will play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the sold-out Chick-fil-a Kickoff.
“Years ago, they were after us to play a game,” Fisher said. “I thought it would be good. I thought it would be a great marketing game. I thought it would be good for the programs. We are both winning. I think it’s one of those things where you can test yourself. They are going to test themselves with us. You find out where your team is early in the season.”