FSU vs. Boston College prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins between the Seminoles and Eagles on Friday in Tallahassee, FL.
FSU vs. Boston College Game Preview
When: Friday, Nov. 11 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
TV Broadcast: ESPN2
The Seminoles (6-3, 3-3 ACC) went on the road and claimed a 24-20 victory over NC State, as Deondre Francois threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph with 3:09 left to help the Seminoles rally despite trailing most of the contest. Even though it is no longer involved in the ACC Atlantic division race, Jimbo Fisher’s squad showed great fight on the road.
Meanwhile, the Eagles (4-5, 1-5) ran into the machine that is Lamar Jackson, as the Heisman Trophy contender ran for three touchdowns and threw for four more in a 52-7 Louisville victory. It was a disappointing performance for the Eagles after they beat NC State to snap an almost two-year ACC losing streak the week prior.
In last year’s meeting in Boston, cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned a fourth-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdown, and FSU’s defense shut down the BC offense in a 14-0 victory for its first shutout on the road since 2003. BC’s Jeff Smith took five snaps at quarterback before he was replaced by Troy Flutie, the nephew of 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. Fisher is looking to move to 7-0 against the Eagles since becoming Florida State’s head coach.
What To Know About FSU
The Seminoles allowed Clemson to rally in their 37-34 loss two weeks ago, falling to the Tigers at home for the first time in 10 years. Despite trailing for most of the game against the Wolfpack, it was the bounce back effort that Fisher’s squad needed. Francois threw for 330 yards, and he was under pressure when he lofted the scoring pass to Rudolph, while Dalvin Cook ran for a touchdown to notch a win in a stadium where FSU had lost three of the last five visits. The ‘Noles remained in the AP Top 25 this week, which extends their long run in the polls for a program that hasn’t gone into a game unranked since 2011.
What to Know About Boston College
The Eagles have lost six in a row to the Seminoles despite playing them in close contests the past three seasons, including Florida State’s 2013 national championship year. There was not much to cheer for in last week’s loss to Louisville, as Tyler Rouse scored on a 39-yard screen pass from Patrick Towles to give Boston College its only score. The Eagles remain a tough watch on offense, with Towles leaving a lot to be desired in the passing game. He wasn’t the problem against Louisville, but he has completed 56.3 percent or more of his throws only twice this year. Overall, he has not been very efficient in conference play, so it’s been a tough year for Steve Addazio’s team.
Offense: FSU. The Seminoles are averaging 33.6 points per game, while the Eagles are putting up 19.4 points per contest.
Defense: Boston College. The Eagles are giving up 322.6 yards per contest, while the ‘Noles are allowing 411.1 yards per game.
Special Teams: Even. BC kicker Mike Knoll has only missed one field goal, while Ricky Aguayo has a big leg (when he misses, it’s usually from longer ranges).
Coaching: FSU. The ‘Noles have a national title under Fisher.
Intangibles: FSU. This has not been a great season in Tallahassee, but the ‘Noles can take out some of their frustrations on BC in a primetime Friday night game.
Matchup To Watch
Cook vs. BC defensive front
In last year’s meeting between these two teams in September, Cook had just 54 rushing yards on 15 carries. He entered the matchup second in the nation with 422 yards in the team’s first two games. Francois and the passing offense will give BC fits, so keeping a lid on Cook will be integral for BC to have any shot at an upset.
Spread: FSU -20.5
Over/Under: No Line (as of post)
FSU vs. Boston College Prediction
This won’t be a pretty watch, as BC’s defense will rough up Francois and keep the FSU offense in check. However, a big play from Francois to Rudolph in the fourth quarter will give FSU some breathing room in an eventual win.
FSU vs. Boston College Score Prediction: FSU 30, Boston College 16