Welcome to a new weekly series in which we dive into the history books and look at Florida State’s and Jimbo Fisher’s history against FSU’s upcoming opponent. With the season opener just five day away, we begin with Alabama.
Florida State has a very brief history with the Crimson Tide, only playing four games total and coming out 1-2-1 in those matches. The first meeting was back in 1965 when Alabama shut out FSU 21-0. In 1967, the teams played to a 37-37 tie. Nine years after ’Bamas first win in the series, Bear Bryant and Alabama earned their second win over the ’Noles 8-7. The lone Seminoles victory was a 21-14 victory in Jacksonville during the 2007 season. However, that lone triumph was one of the 12 vacated wins in Bobby Bowden’s tenure due to an academic fraud scandal.
While FSU may not have a lengthy history vs. Alabama, current head coach Jimbo Fisher faced the Crimson Tide annually while quarterbacks coach at Auburn from 1993-1998 and offensive coordinator at LSU from 2000-2006.
In six years at Auburn, the Tigers’ compiled a 3-3 record with the teams trading wins each season. The games were close with Auburn’s average margin of victory just over four points in the wins with an average margin of defeat of 7.4 points the in the three losses.
While at LSU, Fisher and the Tigers’ (not to be confused with the Auburn Tigers) had the Crimson Tide’s number, going 6-1. The lone Alabama victory came during the 2002 season via a 31-0 rout. The LSU offense led by Fisher averaged 23.1 points per game over that span. That outstanding 6-1 record was against pretty good Alabama teams too. Three of those Alabama teams reached the top nine of the AP Poll and five of the seven years Fisher faced ’Bama at LSU, the Crimson Tide was ranked.