Boston College vs. Florida State
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
5:30 PM ET on ESPN2
Fresh off a loss to a previously winless Army squad, Boston College (1-4, 0-2 ACC) springs into the heart of their schedule with Florida State (5-1, 2-1 ACC), who lost in a shocker to NC State last Saturday 17-16.
Florida State’s Heisman hopeful EJ Manuel is looking for a rebound victory after being stifled by an NC State defense ranked 35th in the nation in points against. Manuel has shown considerable poise and striking athleticism in victories against Clemson and South Florida.
Consistency on both ends of the ball is a cornerstone for the Seminoles. Florida State delivers an abundance of offense—they are ranked 7th in the FBS in points for, with 45.2 per game. Adding to their attack is a defense that has shown strength in halting opposing offenses—allowing only 12.3 points a game.
Depressing as it is, Boston College lies on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Eagles continue to show inconsistency as a whole. Spaz and his coordinators are having trouble finding harmony—the offense will show up when the defense does not, and vice versa.
With a defense that is giving up 35.5 points per game to FBS opponents and another play-calling debacle on the immediate horizon, it is hard to cut the Eagles some slack. If they can’t stop Army’s running game, one has absolutely no reason to believe they can walk out of Tallahassee with a win, especially with EJ Manuel present as a dual-threat quarterback.
Boston College’s best defense is Chase Rettig’s arm. He managed to put up 234 yards and a touchdown against Army. The ability for the Eagles to score is there, so the amount of points they put up against FSU will be an accurate indication of their offensive prowess.
A herculean defensive effort and phenomenal, consistent scoring drives from Rettig and his talented group of receivers would put the Eagles in a good position, but optimistic speculations can only get a team so far.
Cue the listless looks from Super Fans, disheartened alumni, and heavy-pocketed donors alike. One can already hear the Seminole war chants booming throughout Doak Campbell Stadium. Start the buses, Spaz.
Seminoles Win, 49-20.