Supposedly, the new stadium in Atlanta has experienced delays due to some issues with the roof.
Perhaps the roof can collapse and wipe out both teams and their fans?
In all seriousness, though, I see a lot of my fellow Gators telling FSU fans, "You don't know what's about to hit you....Bama will be in your backfield all day...etc." I disagree and think it's the other way around. I'm not sure Alabama realizes what's about to hit them. I think Francois is going to march up and down the field on them all night, and the FSU D will completely silence Hurts and the Bama O. The problem for Bama is that Hurts sucks as a passer as it is, but now he's going to have to deal with Derwin James and Co. I see FSU forcing Hurts and Scarborough into a lot of controlled, predictable running lanes, and stifling them. They should be able to load the box fairly easily without much fear of Hurts making them pay. Also, if Saban panics and goes to Tua, that could be an even bigger disaster because there's no way that kid has ever seen the type of defensive speed FSU has out in his native Hawaii. Derwin will be saying, "Aloha!" as he takes another pick to the house. This could seriously be a multi-pick game for DJ.
I realize Saban has had great success in these opening games, but this isn't Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Tommy Bowden's Clemson. The Noles recruit just as well as Alabama and Jimbo, in my opinion, is the greatest offensive play-caller in the game. I saw some of my fellow Gators on another board saying that, if Jimbo coached at some school like Indiana, he'd be nothing special (implying that FL talent makes a difference), but I just don't buy it. I want to beat him as much as anyone, but let's give credit where it's due - the guy knows how to get his playmakers the ball in space. He's not going to be intimidated to match wits with the great Saban at all because they used to go against each other all the time in practices at LSU. I just don't think the Crimson Necks realize how little FSU will be phased by their brand and history under Saban in this game.
Something else I don't understand is people throwing the 2013 Noles' "We Want Bama" rhetoric back in their face...basically saying, "You wanted them, now you've got them." Apparently, Team Jameis stated that they would've preferred to play Alabama in that title game instead of Auburn because it would have done more for their image. What's wrong with that? All these other fans - not just Gators - and media pundits are acting like Bama would have beaten the '13 Noles. I don't see it. Team Jameis might have handled them easier than Auburn, actually, given the fact that Bama's pro style system was a better match up than Gus' funky, up-tempo spread. Alabama acts like they're the only ones capable of fielding great teams. That Noles team was loaded, period.
Anyway, I'm sure I'm going to get the typical, "Lawrence, why don't you just be a Nole?" barbs for this post, but this isn't a troll post. I think this is one game where it's realistic for the Orange and Blue to get behind our Garnet and Gold Sunshine State brethren. I hate Alabama and hope Chief Osceola shoves that spear up their you-know-what's.
Virtually every single loss Nick Saban has had during his time at Bama has been close (within 7 to 10 points). Much like their opening weekend streak, I think that's coming to an end. Crimson Neck fans won't be able to spin this one as a fluke. I see this as a bone-shattering, confidence-questioning loss: