As Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher sees it, nobody is better than the Atlantic Coast Conference when it comes to college football these days.
"I think we've established ourselves as the premier conference in college football," Fisher said at ACC media days on Thursday.
Fisher is not backing down from the challenge this season. The Seminoles open with Alabama on Sept. 2.
"I scheduled it, so I better be ready for it," Fisher said.
"We open with Alabama and end with Florida. That's the SEC championship [matchup] the last couple of years."
At SEC media days, Alabama coach Nick Saban on Wednesday compared FSU's team to an SEC squad.
"Florida State, especially, is built like an SEC team. ... You know, like our teams," Saban said. "You think of Florida State, you think of fast, explosive players -- which they have a lot of. But they also are big, physical, play great defense, tough.
"And I think it's probably Jimbo's experience in this league. That sort of why he built his team that way. And that's certainly the kind of team that they have this year."