The Alabama Press-Register talks about the match up with Nick Saban and his former offensive coordinator, Jimbo Fisher. "For the first time, Fisher's offense will battle Saban's defense in a live game. The two coaches can't say enough about each other. Saban sees Fisher as "a great coach" and can't believe he isn't a head coach yet."
The Birmingham News talks about the passing game of Bama. "We didn't do as well as we would have liked, so you need improvement," Bama QB Wilson said. "We want to be good and we know we can be good," Wilson said. The Seminoles are seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference in pass defense and have picked off only two passes.
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated says this about the FSU-Bama game. "... Bowden finally gets his shot at the Tide, and he's got to be thinking, Doggone it. Why couldn't we have done this when I had Charlie Ward or Chris Weinke? Alabama 23, Florida State 19."
The Tampa Tribune reports that Mickey Andrews is still uncertain where he will coach the defense on Saturday. He will either return to the sideline or remain upstairs for Saturday's game.
The Florida Times-Union talks about the FSU program. "Florida State is a program in turmoil. The Seminoles have a coach who is a living legend yet must deal with that segment of the fan base that thinks he's over the hill." The article states that a win won't change everything but "it can ... be the beginning the Seminoles so desperately need. "