This year’s NCAA college football schedule will feature one of the biggest games of the year right off the bat.
The opening week of theseason will put one of the countries biggest programs behind the eight-ball from day one. The magnitude of the opening week game between Alabama and Florida State isn’t lost on Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The two teams are expected to enter the Sept. 2 game ranked as the top two teams in the country.
While speaking with CBS Sports, Fitzpatrick made it clear that the Alabama Crimson Tide locker room is aware of the importance of the first game on their schedule.
“This is probably going to be — if not the biggest — one of the biggest games for us besides the playoffs and championships,” Fitzpatrick said.
It is an unusual scheduling choice, though an exciting one. The NCAA likes to put highly desirable, competitive non-conference games early in the season, but this will be one of the biggest games all year. This could conceivably be a preview of the National Championship game.
Both teams will have plenty of time to recover from a loss and get fair consideration for a College Football Playoff berth. Two of the more primed, and poised teams in the country, facing off to get the season underway. Ratings should be gargantuan for ABC, who is broadcasting the game.
Kickoff is schedule for 8:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 2 on ABC.
The game will be played at the gleaming new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.