Alabama Football: The six keys to the Tide beating FSU

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Jalen Hurts
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Alabama football will face the younger brother of Roberto Aquayo
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Place kicker Roberto Aguayo  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Let’s Talk Field Goal Kickers

FSU kicker Ricky Aguayo will be entering his second season trying to match his older brother’s Seminole records. Older brother Roberto made 69 of 78 field goals in his three-season FSU career. Ricky started his FSU career last fall against Ole Miss and delivered six made field goals on six attempts. The rest of the season he was good though not great.

The younger Aguayo will give the Noles a decided advantage going into the opening game.

The Alabama football field goal kicking situation is muddled. The Tide will be breaking a new primary placekicker, along with a new snapper and a new holder.

The Alabama football spring game and the first scrimmage of fall camp offered bleak prospects for making field goals in 2017. Andy Pappanastos was zero for everything in the spring game. Punter J K Scott kicked the A-Day game -winner but also missed a mid-range attempt.

So far, true freshman, Joseph Bulovas appears not ready for prime time. All three kickers performed better in the second scrimmage of fall camp. Scott made a 51-yarder. Who kicks field goals against FSU may be a tag-team strategy. Pappanastos may kick inside of 40 yards while Scott handles the longer kicks.

Few Alabama football fans want the outcome of the FSU game to come down to a field goal attempt by either Pappanastos or Scott. Neither has real game proof of delivering a game-winner.