TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Folksy southerner that he is, Alabama native Bobby Bowden is comfortable pretty much anywhere.
But the Florida State coach is particularly fond of Jacksonville, where the Seminoles meet number 22 Alabama Saturday for the first time in more than 30 years.
The nationally televised matchup pairs two once-beaten teams trying to regain a perch among the nation's elite.
The Seminoles have lost just once in the Atlantic port city - and it took Brett Favre to get the job done when Southern Miss upset Florida State 36-20 in the 1989 season opener.
Otherwise, Florida State is a perfect 7-0 in Jacksonville, defeating Oklahoma, Houston, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Duke and West Virginia twice in the stadium once known as the Gator Bowl and now home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
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