The eighth-ranked Florida State football team will be on the road for the first time since Labor Day on Saturday as the Seminoles head to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. Both teams enter the contest a perfect 1-0 in conference play and Saturday’s matchup will be an intra-division battle.
Florida State comes into the contest a perfect 3-0 after a 54-6 win over Bethune-Cookman. The Seminoles have outscored opponents by a combined score of 157-26 this season and have yielded just three total touchdowns.
Christian Jones and Eddie Goldman will return to the Florida State defensive lineup this week after serving one-game suspensions. Terrance Smith filled in admirably last week against Bethune-Cookman while Telvin Smith, another linebacker, had a big day which included an interception return for a touchdown. Despite domination in each of the last two weeks, Florida State has struggled to get off the field early on.
With a strong rushing attack that accounted for nearly 200 yards rushing on Saturday, Bethune-Cookman was able to possess the ball for nearly 36 minutes. Nevada was able to hold it for 33 minutes the previous week against Florida State with most of that coming in the first half.
Boston College (2-1) will look to do likewise on Saturday and keep Florida State’s explosive offense off the field. Senior Andre Williams has rushed for 356 yards and a pair of touchdowns through three games and will need a big day on Saturday if the Eagles are to have any chance of upsetting Florida State.
Quarterback Chase Rettig will also be relied upon to make more plays for Boston College on Saturday. Rettig is completing more than 60 percent of his passes this season, but really struggled his last time out as the Eagles fell to USC 35-7 two weeks ago. Rettig is more of a game manager than a gunslinger, but against a talented FSU defense, he will need to make more plays.
For Florida State’s talented freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, Saturday’s contest against Bethune-Cookman was a very pedestrian day. Despite two touchdown passes and one of the highlight reel variety, Winston finished just 10-for-19 passing for 148 yards. The ground attack was once again stellar for the Seminoles as FSU finished with 266 yards rushing led by Devonta Freeman, who finished with 112 yards and a score on just 10 carries. Junior wide receiver Rashad Greene also recorded a receiving touchdown for a third straight game in the victory.
Florida State dominated Boston College a season ago in Tallahassee, 51-7, and has won three straight in the series. Since Boston College joined the ACC in 2005, Florida State holds a 5-3 advantage and is 3-1 in Chestnut Hill. The last Boston College win over Florida State came at home in 2009 as Montel Harris scored on a late, long touchdown run to give the Eagles a 28-21 victory. Since the ACC added a conference championship game in 2005, Boston College and Florida State have combined to represent the Atlantic division five times in eight years.
With a win, Florida State would be 4-0 for a second straight season and off to a 2-0 start in ACC play for a third time in four years under head coach Jimbo Fisher. Boston College will be hoping to pull the upset and improve to 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2007. The Eagles will also be looking for their first 3-1 start overall since 2009.
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