Florida State president John Thrasher boldly proclaimed that the Seminoles would beat no. 1 ranked Alabama “pretty bad” when the two college football powers face off on September 2nd. The Crimson Tide are a certified dynasty under head coach Nick Saban, who’s brought four national championships home since he took over in 2007. Saying you’re going to beat Alabama “pretty bad” is like saying you’re going to beat the Golden State Warriors “pretty bad.”
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In Thrasher’s defense, he can’t very well say “we’re gonna lose; big time!” and the no. 3 ranked ‘Noles return a stacked team that features one of college football’s most explosive defensive backs in Derwin James. At 6’3 215 lbs, he’s not a guy you wanna run into:
Florida State’s president has seen a lot in his lifetime. Born in 1943, Thrasher is an attorney, former Florida State senator, not to mention Vietnam veteran and Bronze Star Medal recipient; awarded for “heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.”
He’s earned the right to come with some hot takes, and like redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois, he might get outta (the) pocket sometimes. Still, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher & Co. are gonna have to back up Thrasher’s talk on the field; this is one battle the 73-year-old will be watching from the sidelines.
Despite losing a slew of players to the NFL Draft like they do every year, Alabama will be fielding a team full of blue chip players. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is an accomplished power lifter who’s built like a pickup truck. Man-child Bo Scarbrough ran for 180 yards against a loaded Washington defense in the Peach Bowl last year as a freshman.
Florida State has one of the best teams in the country, but Alabama has more weapons than Saudi Arabia. Nick Saban is the most powerful man in the state; he could shoot someone in front of the Tuscaloosa County courthouse without consequence. He didn’t become a demigod by losing football games, he became the nation’s highest paid public employee ($11.1 million this year) by winning them.
Vegas has Alabama as 7-point favorites, but that’s why the games are played on the gridiron and not on paper. The good news is that college football is back.