Alabama football No. 1 in coaches, AP polls following Florida State win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Alabama football checked in at No. 1 in the coaches and AP polls following a big season opening win.

The Crimson Tide downed then-No. 3 Florida State 24-7 in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday in front of a capacity crowd.

Alabama’s defense and special teams were superb, while the offense made enough plays to help put the game away.

Florida State, who lost quarterback Deondre Francois (patellar tendon) for the season, dropped to No. 9 in the coaches poll and No. 10 in the AP poll following the loss to Alabama.

Offensively, Alabama football finished with a 269-250 edge in total yards over Florida State, and was 3 of 16 on third-down attempts. Running back Damien Harris rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Calvin Ridley was Alabama’s other top offensive weapon, catching 7 passes for 82 yards and 1 touchdown.

Florida State scored 7 points and gained 185 yards of offense in the opening half. The Seminoles gained 65 yards and scored zero points in the second half. Florida State was credited with 40 rushing yards on 27 attempts. That’s 1.5 yards per carry.

No. 1 Alabama host Fresno State in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday for its home opener. The Crimson Tide is a seven-touchdown favorite.

Watch: Nick Saban’s Monday news conference

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