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Jimbo Fisher wanted Alabama, not Auburn, in BCS Championship

Jimbo Fisher

Florida State edged Auburn in a dramatic BCS Championship Game last January, and nobody in Tallahassee will trade that in for anything. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will forever cherish the championship over Auburn, but deep down inside he wanted a piece of Alabama.

While talking to the Florida State softball team before a regional game, Fisher talked about the desire to be the best and take down the best competition possible. In doing so, Fisher mentioned he was hoping Florida State would get a chance to play Alabama, the two-time defending national champions at the time.

“I didn’t want to be in the SEC and win a championship,” Fisher said. “I wanted to be in the ACC and win (a national title). I wanted to break that mold. I wanted to play. We were begging to play an SEC team and we were hoping it was Alabama.”

Fisher was not taking a swipe at his BCS opponent, Auburn, but backing up his idea that was once made popular by Ric Flair in the pro wrestling world. To be the man, you have to beat the man (WOOO). Until the final moments of the Iron Bowl last fall, Alabama was The Man in college football. Of course, Fisher is a former assistant of Alabama head coach Nick Saban as well, so there may have been something a little more personal about the opportunity to go up against his former boss.

Perhaps Fisher and Florida State can get Alabama on the schedule at some point in the future. It is a match-up that has not happened nearly enough. The two programs have played just four times, with Alabama holding a slight 2-1-1 lead dating back to 1965. Alabama and Florida State have played just once since 1974, with a 2007 match-up going to the Seminoles.

Florida State will have its non-conference scheduling requirement under the new ACC scheduling policy fulfilled with an annual game with Florida, but with so many early-season neutral site games out there, and Alabama and Florida State clearly willing to participate in them, maybe this will be the best way to get the two powerhouses on the field at the same time.

Of course, there is always the playoffs…

Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.

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30 Responses to “Jimbo Fisher wanted Alabama, not Auburn, in BCS Championship”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: May 23, 2014 11:39 AM

    Careful what you wish for, you may regret it… careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

    It’s never too early in the morning for Metallica references.

  2. kaspauf says: May 23, 2014 11:55 AM

    In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

    (Why is this even an article?)

  3. mcjon22 says: May 23, 2014 12:03 PM

    At least FSU got to play Auburn instead of Ohio State. They would have blown the doors off of that Charmen soft team

  4. dcroz says: May 23, 2014 12:04 PM

    kaspauf:

    Because it’s the middle of May, and there really isn’t much else to talk about in the sphere of college football right now.

  5. dhardy8207 says: May 23, 2014 1:44 PM

    @8to80texansblog;

    Aahhh Metallica….. Excellent reference there my friend…. ;-)

  6. wabbitslayer says: May 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    No, Jimbo, you didn’t.

  7. Deb says: May 23, 2014 2:34 PM

    Last season probably played out as it should have. Given our performance in the Sugar Bowl, I don’t know that Bama would have given FSU as good a game as Auburn did. That Iron Bowl loss was gut-wrenching. But nothing is worse than losing a title game. I had no doubts about the Tide going into the championships against LSU and Notre Dame. But in hindsight, I’m not sure Bama could have beaten FSU, and I wouldn’t have wanted the Tide to break the SEC’s title streak.

  8. musketmaniac says: May 23, 2014 3:18 PM

    Jimbo I like you because you are a mountaineer, but you got a few breaks at the end of the game that gave you the game that Auburn looked like the stronger team. Take the win and shut the f..k up.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: May 23, 2014 3:20 PM

    @Deb

    Saban has shown multiple times now, that if his team doesn’t get into the big game, they show up uninspired and unprepared. They got smoked by Utah and then again by OU in seasons where there were 1 win away from the title game.

    I’m not sure you can just extrapolate their performance against OU and say they wouldn’t have fared well against FSU.

  10. patbocam says: May 23, 2014 3:46 PM

    Jumbo loves attention. Auburn should have won that game, bama too would/should. Jumbo dumbo just stfu and be thankful fir your crab eaten QB

  11. jagtiger says: May 23, 2014 4:17 PM

    Don’t forget that FSU is just an ACC team that overachieved last year!

  12. fsu01 says: May 23, 2014 7:03 PM

    For those getting upset about the comments. Look at the context in which they were made. They were made within the context of Coach Fisher trying to rally the softball team before a playoff game in which they were playing one of the best. This was not just Coach Fisher spouting off to some reporter for sideline banter. Context is important here people. It goes back to the days in Language Arts class in grammar school when we would examine a piece of literature or non-fiction writing to determine author’s purpose.

  13. fearmycheese says: May 23, 2014 7:22 PM

    You won the war so you get to write the book.

  14. Deb says: May 23, 2014 8:47 PM

    @8to80texans …

    Good point–and you may be right. I just didn’t feel the 2013 team measured up to either the 2011 or 2012 team as the season wore down, particularly on defense. Would not have wanted to test that against Winston.

  15. dirtymcgirty says: May 23, 2014 8:54 PM

    Haha, butthurt Auburn/SEC fans getting emotional. Melvin Ray scored a 50 yard touchdown on a defensive breakdown, and Jameis fumbled on FSU’s 27. That was only his 2nd lost fumble all year. Without those easy 14 points, Auburn would have been thrashed.

    Also, Dameyune Craig was caught stealing FSU’s plays. Auburn’s piece o’ crap defensive backs were jumping almost every route in the first half. After Jimbo began putting up the towels to block incoming plays that he foolishly didn’t change since Craig was his assistant, Jameis suddenly goes 14 for 18, with 2 touchdowns.

    It’s no mystery why FSU scored 31 of the last 41 points. They were the better team. I’m looking forward to FSU/Alabama in the championship game next year.

  16. noles44 says: May 23, 2014 11:35 PM

    You do know Auburn admitted to stealing signs in the first half of the game against FSU. They used towels in the 2nd half to block Auburn from cheating and guess who scored more in the 2nd half. Don’t believe me , google it and be amazed at the truth! Fear the Spear!

  17. noles44 says: May 23, 2014 11:37 PM

    Dirtymcgirty….well said, the truth hurts huh Tiger fans!

  18. irishdodger says: May 24, 2014 10:00 AM

    SEC lemmings are like my deadbeat sister….they have someone to blame for everything that happens negatively.

  19. rolltide510 says: May 24, 2014 11:10 AM

    BTW, when you don’t change your signals even when a former offensive assistant is on the other sideline during a championship game, it doesn’t mean they “cheated”.

  20. justalonewolf says: May 24, 2014 4:14 PM

    Deb: Alabama would have kicked FSU’s ass !!

  21. noles44 says: May 24, 2014 4:35 PM

    Alabama would have been embarrassed by FSU in that game! Face it Tide fans, Oklahoma beat the brakes of ya!

  22. bamamanchip says: May 24, 2014 7:23 PM

    I hardly think that Oklahoma beat the breaks off of Bama they were holding their breath all the way to the end, but had Bama came to play ball – it would have been a much different outcome and we all know that, If Bama would have played like they usually play you would have had a 42 to 10 game…

  23. bamamanchip says: May 24, 2014 7:28 PM

    And I also think Bama would have best FSU but it would have been a closer one, Bama just don’t get motivated to play ball when they know they’ve lost their chance at the big dance…don’t get me wrong I have respect for FSU and Oklahoma both but I also know when Bama plays their best game they are unstoppable…. But when they loose a game and are out of it they don’t even care, they play title are nothing …

  24. noles44 says: May 24, 2014 9:30 PM

    The reason FSU would have won the game is based squarely on Alabama’s pass defense, they would not have stopped our receivers. Several teams threw all over Bama during the year. The previous couple years Bama teams were stout against the pass but not last years. I have much respect for Bama, however, they were not as good as the other Bama teams that won championships.

  25. arnie7781 says: May 24, 2014 10:21 PM

    @rolltide510 – let me drop some knowledge on you. Fisher lost D. Craig and James coley in the same off season. Coley went to Miami…a team FSU plays every year. As a result, Fisher DID CHANGE SIGNALS before the 2013 season because he knew he’d be playing against a coach familiar with his (fisher’s) signals when FSU played Miami. The changing of the signals prior to the 2013 season is precisely why Fisher didn’t think he needed to use towels against Craig and auburn. More importantly, it speaks volumes about the lengths auburn went to, with 32 days to prepare, in stealing/picking up tendencies on the “new” signals.

    As a nole fan, it’s a funny story now and I blame no one but Fisher for underestimating the opponent’s desire to win.

  26. phinfanatic84 says: May 25, 2014 8:41 AM

    FSU’s speed would have been huge trouble for Alabama.

  27. Romulus says: May 25, 2014 10:13 AM

    What a bunch of dumb lame fsu fans on here…they got overwhelmed by a better prepared and more hungry auburn team. They sound butthurt even though they won. If not for some breakdowns they would be even more. Next year crab legs will be crying at the end of game, because their schedule sucks. Everyone is looking forward to that. Down with the spear

  28. arnie7781 says: May 25, 2014 12:23 PM

    I see people’s opinions are impervious to facts on this site. Noted.

  29. noles44 says: May 25, 2014 10:08 PM

    Romulus, what game did you watch? We spotted them 14, several no calls against Auburn and we still won, get a clue dumb ass!

  30. noles44 says: May 25, 2014 10:13 PM

    Weak schedule huh? OSU, Notre Dame and Florida out of conference, those aren’t cupcakes, wake up!

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