Of the 25 media members polled by the Jacksonville Florida Times-Union, 16 picked quarterback John Parker Wilson and his Alabama Crimson Tide to beat Florida State today at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
The Seminoles are 7-1 in Jacksonville, and it took Brett Favre to beat them when Southern Mississippi upset Florida State 36-20 in the 1989 season opener.(I was at that loss I am sad to say.) Florida State has defeated Oklahoma, Houston, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Duke and West Virginia twice in the stadium once known as the Gator Bowl and now home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium is being expanded to a record 85,000 seats for today's Florida State-Alabama game, but FSU athletic director Dave Hart thinks even that is too small. As a result, FSU-Alabama is on pace to draw more than the previous stadium record of 84,753 for Georgia's 31-24 victory over Florida in 2004. The record for a Jaguars game in Jacksonville, 76,877, also was set that year in a loss to Pittsburgh