Returning home after a jaw dropping loss at NC State, the now 12th-ranked Florida State Seminoles look to redeem themselves as they welcome the Boston College Eagles to Tallahassee this Saturday.
Florida State holds a 6-4 edge in the all-time series with Boston College, but the two teams have split four meetings in Tallahassee. FSU has claimed victory in each of the last two meetings, including a 38-7 win in Chestnut Hill last season.
Boston College is looking for its first win in ACC play after getting off to an 0-2 start. The Eagles trip to Tallahassee will mark their first conference road game this season.
The Eagles were in a close game in West Point last week, but allowed Army to score on a 29-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds remaining to fall to the Black Knights 34-31. Offensively, BC got a huge game from tailback Andre Williams, who produced a career-high 191 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, including an electrifying 99-yard TD run in the second quarter.
Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles were leading the ACC with five straight wins to begin the season, positioning themselves near the top of the leader boards (third last week). However, after taking a 16-0 lead into halftime in Raleigh last weekend, the team failed to make plays on either side of the ball after intermission and fell to the Wolfpack 17-16. On the bright side, the teams 5-1 start matches its best since 2005, as the ‘Noles are still gunning for the ACC crown this year.
FSU is the only team in the country to rank in the top 10 of eight statistical categories nationally. The FSU defense ranks in the top 10 in five statistical categories: total defense (221.50 ypg, 4th), rushing defense (71.33 ypg, 5th), scoring defense (12.3 ppg, 7th), pass defense (150.17, 5th) and pass efficiency defense (91.88, 5th). The ‘Noles’ offense come into the week at No. 7 in scoring offense (45.2 ppg), No. 6 in passing efficiency (167.79) and No. 3 in kickoff returns (32.82 ypr).
Florida State has thrived in just about every facet of the game defensively, including on third down. Opponents are converting just 23.6 percent of the time, as FSU ranks third nationally in third-down defense.
Boston College is out-gunned in this one. The Seminoles aren’t likely to look past the Eagles and may not lose again this year. A little bit of frustration could be expelled by the hometown team in this one.
“We’ve got a lot of ball left; there are six games,” Fisher said. “I’m very encouraged about our team, very excited about our team and I look forward to see the next six games and how the majority of the team responds. I liked the leadership after the game. I think they’ll step up and play very well and I’m looking forward to playing a great game against BC this week.”
Prediction: Florida State 38, Boston College 7
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Written by Mackenzie Thirkill