Over the years, Alabama has had a great deal of success in recruiting talented cornerbacks. The common thought is that it takes either a mobile quarterback or hurry up offense to defeat the Crimson Tide, as it plays those talented cornerbacks mostly in man coverage, opening up the running game for a quarterback.
However, if Florida State receivers are able to win one-on-one battles against Alabama’s defensive backs, the ’Noles could escape Atlanta with a victory. The FSU receiving corps has the size and athleticism to do so with a 6’5 Auden Tate and 6’3 Keith Gavin setting up on the edges with a 6’4 George Campbell if Florida State goes four wide.
Teams have shown in the past that it’s possible to beat the Alabama secondary, but it requires elite talent. Just look at Clemson’s Mike Williams or Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell. You can go back even further and use Texas A&M’s Mike Evans or South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery as examples.