TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the first time since 1957, Doak Campbell Stadium will host a football game on a Friday night. The Seminoles will host Boston College on Friday, which will mark both Military Appreciation Day and Senior Day at FSU. Here are the names, numbers and notes you need to know before the Seminoles take on the Eagles.
No. 18 (CFP) Florida State (6-3, 3-3 ACC) vs. Boston College (4-5, 1-5 ACC)
When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m./Doak Campbell Stadium (79,560) in Tallahassee, Fla.
TV/Radio: ESPN2/Seminole IMG Radio Network; FSU Broadcast Live Stream
Florida State injury report:
Out For Game
LB Josh Brown (foot)
DB Marcus Lewis (hip)
TE Jalen Wilkerson (concussion)
DE Keith Bryant (foot)
DB Derwin James (knee)
RB Johnathan Vickers (concussion)
Out For Season
DB Nate Andrews (right pectoral)
WR George Campbell (core muscle)
DE Adam Torres (leg)
OL Landon Dickerson (knee)
WR Jesus Wilson
Boston College Eagles
Coach: Steve Addazio (21-26 in four seasons at Boston College, 21-26 overall)
Last game: Louisville’s Lamar Jackson scored seven touchdowns – including a 69-yard rushing TD just 16 seconds into the game – as the Cardinals cruised to a 52-7 win over Boston College at Alumni Stadium last week.
Last game vs. Florida State: Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown to break open a close game and help the Seminoles emerge with a 14-0 victory in Chestnut Hill on Sept. 18, 2015. It was FSU’s first road shutout in 12 years.
1957: BOSTON COLLEGE 20, Florida State 7
1976: Florida State 28, No. 13 BOSTON COLLEGE 9
1980: FLORIDA STATE 41, Boston College 7
2005: Florida State 28, BOSTON COLLEGE 17
2006: No. 22 Boston College 24, FLORIDA STATE 19
2007: Florida State 27, No. 2 BOSTON COLLEGE 17
2008: Boston College 27, No. 20 FLORIDA STATE 17
2009: BOSTON COLLEGE 28, Florida State 21
2010: No. 16 FLORIDA STATE 24, Boston College 19
2011: Florida State 38, BOSTON COLLEGE 7
2012: No. 12 FLORIDA STATE 51, Boston College 7
2013: No. 8 Florida State 48, Boston College 34
2014: No. 3 FLORIDA STATE 20, Boston College 17
2015: No. 6 Florida State 14, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
2016: No. 18 FLORIDA STATE vs. Boston College, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
One offensive and defensive player from each team who could swing the game
Boston College: Senior running back Tyler Rouse has just 16 carries this season, but he’s featured heavily as a punt returner, where’s racked up more yardage than anyone in the ACC. The 5-8, 198-pounder has 239 yards on 17 attempts, and his return average of 14.1 yards is second-highest in the league.
FSU’s DeMarcus Walker leads the ACC in sacks, but BC’s Harold Landry is right behind him. The junior is also tied for the conference lead with five forced fumbles, and he has 11 tackles for loss and five QB hurries.
Florida State: The Eagles allow the eighth-fewest rushing yards per game of any team in the country, but their pass defense isn’t quite up to the same level. It won’t be a surprise if BC copies NC State’s game plan of loading up the box to stop the run and challenge Deondre Francois to beat them through the air.
On defense, it’s hard to go with anyone other than Tarvarus McFadden, whose penchant for interceptions has helped turn the tide in several of Florida State’s games this season. McFadden has seven interceptions this year – the most since Samari Rolle’s seven in 1997 – and has picked off a pass in four straight games.
Total offense: FSU: 470.3 YPG (34th nationally); BC: 312.1 YPG (124th)
Scoring offense: FSU: 33.6 PPG (41st); BC: 19.4 PPG (122nd)
Passing offense: FSU: 279.7 YPG (29th); BC: 154.6 YPG (117th)
Rushing offense: FSU: 190.67 YPG (49th); BC: 157.56 (88th)
Total defense: FSU: 411.1 YPG (73rd); BC: 322.6 YPG (15th)
Scoring defense: FSU: 28.7 PPG (72nd); BC: 26.2 PPG (57th)
Passing defense: FSU: 257.3 YPG (96th); BC: 216.0 YPG (48th)
Rushing defense: FSU: 153.78 YPG (51st); BC: 106.56 YPG (8th)
Number of note, courtesy of Pro Football Focus: Boston College struggles offensively, but the Eagles like to throw deep balls over the middle. They’ve thrown 83 passes of more than 10 yards, compared to 68 in the 0-10-yard range and 31 passes behind the line of scrimmage.
“I wouldn’t say they make fun of me, but they like the swag. In New York, that’s what we do. Every now and then, they make fun of my accent, but I do the same to them, so it’s all love.” – senior guard Kareem Are on being a New Yorker on an offensive line filled mostly with players from the south
“A lot. My goal is my whole family. Fourteen people.” – senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker on the crowd of friends and relatives he hopes to have for Senior Day
“It does (feel like it is coming to an end). We have got a couple more games left in the season and my career here. Just want to continue to try to leave my mark, my legacy here amongst the young guys and my team. … I am going to have my daughter and my mom with me on the field. It is going to be a real special moment.” – senior cornerback Marquez White on approaching the end of his career and what he expects from his Senior Day ceremony
“That’s what we talked about. That’s your job. That’s their legacy they’re leaving. What they’ve done, this group here, they’ve won as many games as anybody. They’ve had tremendous careers. They want to leave that legacy and they want to come out of here with a great taste in their mouth about what they’ve done here and how they’ve done it and set the example. To me, that’s what character is about and both of them have it.” – FSU coach Jimbo Fisher on the way Walker and White have instilled the culture of the Seminoles’ football program in the younger players
“I mean, Florida State is without a doubt one of the measuring sticks in our conference, meaning they’re in the upper echelon. It’s one of the high-water programs in the ACC, always has been. I think the guys will always feel like we’re going down and just playing an elite team. Great players want to play great in big games. When you’re playing Florida State, whether it’s (in Boston) or Tallahassee, you know it’s an unbelievable arena and an opportunity to play a great program and great players. Hopefully what it does is bring out the best in you.” – Boston College coach Steve Addazio on playing FSU
OK, this video doesn’t actually have much to do with the Florida State-Boston College series. But it’s hard not to enjoy this video of Bobby Bowden stumping for Ford trucks from 1989.
Ira Schoffel of Warchant.com has a story about a kind gesture from Jimbo Fisher to an injured college student.
Brendan Sonnone of Noles247 dives into Ermon Lane’s transition to defense.
Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times has a run-down of Dalvin Cook’s accomplishments as he closes in on Warrick Dunn’s rushing record.
Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald writes that more trouble awaits the Eagles at Florida State.
Florida State needs to look no further than last year’s game at Boston College to understand the challenges that it will face on Friday. Playing on a short week means less time to practice, less time to rest and less time to heal. And playing against the Eagles means lining up across from a defense that’s been among the nation’s toughest to solve over the past several seasons.
It’s a cliché to say that turnovers are the key to a game, but with FSU going against a struggling offense and a stout defense, it feels especially true this week. Giving the Eagles short fields might be the only way they can consistently score. Otherwise, the Seminoles need to be patient on offense and finish drives when they get into the red zone. Don’t be surprised if this game has a similar box score as last year’s 14-0 affair. It will likely have the same winner, too.
The recipe for Florida State is fairly simple: Get out to a sharp, quick start (something that has been easier said than done this year), feed Dalvin Cook the ball and take away any hope of an upset in the early goings. If the Seminoles can do that, then Carter-Finley Stadium might not seem so scary after all.