The Alabama Crimson Tide are less than two weeks away from facing one of their biggest challenges in a season opener when they travel to Atlanta for a date with the Florida State Seminoles.

The voice of the Seminoles play-by-play broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff joined The Game with Ryan Fowler to break down the 2017 Seminoles team that will try to derail the Crimson Tide's start to the season.

"I think this team last year was a pretty good football team," Deckerhoff said. "Last year, this team didn't find itself until about midway through the season.  You had a brand new quarterback in Deondre Francois, and then you got that woodshed whooping up in Louisville. All of a sudden, this team found something that it needed."

"This team is a year older, and I honestly think that this team is two years better than they were a year before. From what I have seen in practice, I have the privilege to watch the scrimmages and I promise this team is two years better than they were a year ago."

Deckerhoff also addressed one major concern for the Seminoles heading into this season and that's the young offensive line they have protecting Francois. He also praised safety Derwin James, who is being regarded as one of the most talented players heading into the 2017 season. James was sidelined early last season after under going knee surgery.

"The whole defense is built around what Derwin James can do," Deckerhoff said. "When you build your defense around one guy, you better hope he stays healthy. What I see in this guy that can play offense, defense, special teams, he might even return kickoffs. He is a football player, and if you have 22 like Derwin, you're going to win a lot of championships."

For more with Gene Deckerhoff check out the video above and don't miss The Game with Ryan Fowler weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.


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