Alabama and Florida State, two storied college football programs, have played five times total, dating back to 1965. The last game was your standard comfortable Alabama non-conference win, but might've been a major turning point in recent Florida State program history.
The two sides opened the 2017 season with a highly-anticipated neutral site game in Atlanta. FSU, which entered the year expecting to challenge Clemson for the conference crown, hung in early, but things turned seriously sour in the second half.
Seminoles' quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury to cap a rough second half in which he was picked off twice. Alabama would go on to win the national championship, topping Clemson and Georgia in the College Football Playoff.
Florida State limped to bowl eligibility, with Jimbo Fisher's impending jump to Texas A&M hovering over the back-end of the season. The team hasn't really recovered since, going just 5-7 in 2018 under Willie Taggart. Things have looked better this fall, but only slightly. The 'Noles are 4-4, but got waxed by Clemson 45-14, and a bowl is definitely not guaranteed.
It is impossible to know where Florida State will be in six years time. Looking that far down the road is even impossible for Alabama, as there is no guarantee that Nick Saban, who turns 67 today, will still be coaching at 73.
College football scheduling is what it is though, and now, Alabama and Florida State will get back together for a home-and-home series in 2025 and 2026, according to Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel.
While Florida State has spent moments as one of, if not the best program in all of college football. The five previous matchups with Alabama have not come during those times. The Crimson Tide are 3-1-1 in the series' history. Alabama won games in 1965 and 1974, as well as the aforementioned 2017 date. The two teams tied in 1967, and Florida State picked up its sole win in 2007, which was Nick Saban's first year in Tuscaloosa. [
Florida State and Alabama agree to a home-and-home series for the 2025 and 2026 seasons. #fsu
— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) October 31, 2019