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This Stat Doesn't Bode Well For The Loser Of Alabama-Florida State

The pressure is on to win this game.

Rarely does a season opener have as much hype as this year's Alabama-Florida State clash. That's what happens when the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the country play in Week 1.

Both teams are bona fide national title contenders. In our recent staff picks, seven out of eight of us put both Alabama and FSU in the playoff.

Of course, one of these teams is going to lose on Saturday. Whichever team that is, it doesn't bode well for their national title chances.

According to this stat from ESPN's Heather Dinich, the last team to lose its season opener and win the national championship was Miami way back in 1983.

That year, the Hurricanes got blasted by Florida to open the season, losing 28-3. They responded by winning 11 in a row, including a thrilling Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska.

If the loser of Saturday's game goes out and wins 11 straight regular season games and a conference title game, they will find themselves in the playoff. However, the path is much easier with a win in Week 1.