And he also hopes the feeling's mutual.
"He did not return to practice yet", Fisher said.
Saban said he loved Fisher's coaching methods and philosophy, adding they were closer to Saban's approach than any other assistant. The cherry on top of this great matchup is, given how highly these two teams are ranked, it is not outside the realm of possibility that we see a rematch in January. Looking forward to an outstanding season.
The Seminoles also have late-season road tests against defending national champion Clemson (Nov. 11) and Florida (Nov. 25). But, to blatantly ignore the historic reunions that will take place on September 2 would be incredibly unfortunate: A former Heisman victor returns to battle the team he once led, the QB coach at the center of the most memorable Iron Bowl in history gets another shot at the Bama head coach, and a coordinator responsible for one of the greatest season-long displays of defense now faces the head coach who gave him his big chance.
During their time together at LSU from 2000-04 when Fisher served as Saban's offensive coordinator, Fisher was one of Saban's most constant teammates whenever the staff flexed its competitive muscles on a basketball court.
They both grew up in small towns in West Virginia near one another, and Fisher said his family often drove through Saban's hometown on the way to visit their grandparents. "I know this: They are going to play hard".
(We) expect sophomore Amir Rasul to get some carries who's a legit home run threat.
Francois isn't Jameis Winston, who led Florida State to the national title in 2013.
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The duo even became pretty good friends when they coached together.
"We had a lot of excitement", Oklahoma State Mike Gundy said on the Big 12 teleconference Monday. And we always won when we played.
"We had competitive guys, too. So being on the same team was fun".
Welcome to Year 4 of the College Football Playoff. The Seminoles' quarterback threw for 3,350 yards and 20 scores on 58.7 percent passing (235 of 400) with a 142.1 quarterback rating. The Crimson Tide boasts a ideal 10-0 record in such games.
The Mountaineers are in the spotlight again this week, 10 years after the legendary upset against MI that helped vault the program into the national limelight.
"Both programs have drastically changed".
Derwin James played in only two games last season because of a knee injury, but he is still considered one of the top defensive players in the nation. They have won four or five conference championships, and we've won three. Hand had a "very good" fall camp, Saban said.
Of course, just because Fisher didn't engage in any trash talk this week in the lead-up, didn't mean others within the program would be walking the same line.
Now, he serves in Saban's vast army of backroom analysts in Tuscaloosa where, coincidentally, his first job will be to help the Crimson Tide beat the Seminoles. "Thought he would've by now, which we thought he would have been there".