USA Today writers mixed on playoff path for Florida State should Seminoles lose to Alabama

Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s a pretty big game on Saturday night between the Florida State Seminoles and Alabama Crimson Tide. It’s a rare opening weekend showdown for two blue blood college football programs.

But someone is going to lose and start the year 0-1. USA Today held a round table Wednesday to decide which team would have an easier time recovering from an early loss.

Opinions from the round table were mixed, as George Schroeder, Erick Smith and Dan Wolken viewed Alabama’s path as “easier” than Florida State’s. The Seminoles’ schedule still includes Miami and Louisville along with visits to Clemson and Florida.

Furthermore, if there was one team that’s definitely going to get the benefit of the doubt with one early loss, it’s Alabama. And actually, the Crimson Tide have made it a habit of suffering a September defeat and then recovering, as they did that in both 2014 and 2015, and still made the College Football Playoff.

But Paul Myerberg and Eddie Timanus saw it differently. Myerberg argued Florida State will have more opportunities to earn a marquee win with its tougher schedule. Timanus made a similar point, saying if the SEC is as “pedestrian” as it was last year, then Alabama might not have a signature win for its resume.

Regardless of what happens, the matchup figures to be a great one Saturday night.

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