Jimbo Fisher: FSU Vs. Alabama Won’t Change Relationship With Saban

The college football season is going to kick off with possibly its best matchup of the year.

On Sept. 2, the Florida State Seminoles will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. The similarities between the two programs run deep, and both have been complimentary of each other.

Earlier in the offseason, Alabama head coach Nick Saban applauded the work that Jimbo Fisher has done at FSU, saying that the Seminoles are built similarly to Alabama.

That may very well be true. After all, Fisher learned a lot of what he knows about head coaching from Nick Saban while he was at LSU. Eventually, Fisher left for FSU and was the coach in waiting under Bobby Bowden. Saban tried his hand at the NFL, ruined the Miami Dolphins, then fled to Alabama.

The two coaches remain good friends ahead of their opening weekend matchup.

In a game with possible College Football Playoff implications, Fisher isn’t expecting anything between the two coaches to change on a personal level.

FSU's Jimbo Fisher on Alabama's Nick Saban: “When it’s time to compete, we’ll compete. But that won’t change any relationship that we have.”

— Orlando Sentinel-FSU (@osfsu) August 1, 2017

This comes across as something of a non-statement. The coaches are grown men and titans in their field. They’ve both been competing for many decades, and there is an understanding that winning a football game is their job.

Neither would expect the other to let up because their bud his holding the headset on the other end. Fisher and Saban enter the year with two of the best teams in the country.

There is little doubt that FSU vs. ‘Bama will be the marquee matchup of opening weekend, and possibly of the entire season.

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