Saturday’s primetime opener between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State is certainly not lacking for storylines. Rankings wise, it’s the greatest opener of all-time and includes the winningest coaches, in the Crimson Tide’s Nick Saban and the Seminoles’ Jimbo Fisher, since 2010.
Saban, of course, has also coached in the professional ranks, as the head man with the Miami Dolphins, while Fisher has yet to try his hand in the NFL— but he’s certainly more than comfortable coaching in its stadiums. Fisher’s .821 winning percentage is second in the country only to Ohio State’s Urban Meyer (with a minimum of five years). But since Fisher took over at FSU in 2010, he’s even better in pro stadiums. Since then, Fisher is 14-2 in NFL stadiums, a winning percentage of .875.
Fisher’s only two losses in pro stadiums came in 2010, when the ’Noles dropped the ACC Championship Game to Virginia Tech in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and in 2015, when Houston topped the Seminoles in the Peach Bowl. That game was played in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, right next to the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium that will play host to ’Bama and FSU on Saturday.