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In clash of titans, No. 1 Alabama's defense is too much for No. 3 Florida State

ATLANTA — With traffic notorious in this metropolis, it fit that a sparkling Mercedes-Benz Stadium made its big-game debut with somebody getting stuck far from the goal for a nightmarish duration.

3 Florida State, still viable if not dazzling with 4:30 left in the third quarter, spent its next five plays — two special teams, three offense — in an unusual football hellscape.

Still, Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois scrambled for 3 yards in the only harmless play of the bunch, and his next two passes would be intercepted, one by Levi Wallace and one by Mack Wilson, a new-season reminder of Alabama as the master of the pertinent turnover.

It seemed hard to imagine, but things actually worsened from there for Florida State when, with 5:44 left and the final score of 24-7 already cemented, Francois ran right with a defensive back Ronnie Harrison running behind him.

It wound up with a dreaded fade pass, but one which Auden Tate hauled down against Minkah Fitzpatrick, the widely admired Alabama safety.

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  • Seminoles lose to Alabama as Francois leaves with injuryOrlando Sentinel

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