October 27, 2017 - by
First and 10: Florida State at Boston College

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Florida State is headed north, where it will play Boston College under the Friday Night Lights. Here are the names, numbers and notes you need to know before the Seminoles meet the Eagles.

1. Game on

Florida State (2-4, 2-4 ACC) at Boston College (4-3, 1-3)

When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m./Alumni Stadium (44,500) in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

TV/Radio: ESPN/Seminole IMG Radio Network/SiriusXM Ch. 83

Florida State injury report:
Calvin Brewton (knee) – OUT
Keith Gavin (leg) – OUT
Jacques Patrick (knee) – OUT
Darvin Taylor (shoulder) – OUT

Out For Season
George Campbell (hip)
Landon Dickerson (ankle)
Deondre Francois (knee)
Baveon Johnson (knee)
Jauan Williams (shoulder)

2. Know Your Foe

Boston College Eagles
Coach: Steve Addazio (28-31 in five seasons at Boston College, 41-42 overall)
Last game: The Eagles scored on each of their first four possessions on the way to a 41-10 rout of Virginia last week. QB Anthony Brown received ACC rookie of the week honors after throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
Last game vs. Florida State: Deondre Francois and Sean Maguire combined to throw five touchdowns and the Seminoles’ defense held BC to 50 passing yards in a 45-7 FSU victory at Doak Campbell Stadium on Nov. 11, 2016.

Boston College vs. Florida State all-time: 
Florida State leads the series 11-4 and is 6-2 in Chestnut Hill.

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 45, Boston College 7

2017: Florida State at Boston College, Friday, 8 p.m.

3. Storylines
  • Florida State travels to Boston College hoping that its recent run of success on the road will translate into a needed victory. Despite their 2-4 record this season, the Seminoles have won six straight true road games, which is the third-longest streak in the nation.
  • Boston College has performed a stunning about-face in the last two weeks. A program usually known for stout defense and do-just-enough offense has put up 96 points and more than 1,000 yards of offense in back-to-back victories at Louisville and Virginia.
  • The Seminoles and Eagles have both leaned heavily on freshmen. FSU’s top passer (James Blackman) and runner (Cam Akers) are each in their first year, while the freshman trio of QB Anthony Brown (1,284 passing yards), RB A.J. Dillon (694 rushing) and WR Kobay White (313 receiving) leads BC.
  • Boston College has a deep well of trick plays that it often uses to draw athletically superior teams out of position. Coach Jimbo Fisher said the Seminoles will need to be extra focused on their assignments and eye discipline to avoid getting burned.
  • The injury bug hit Florida State once again this week, as coach Jimbo Fisher announced that running back Jacques Patrick is out with a knee injury, and that receiver George Campbell will miss the rest of the year with a core muscle injury. If Patrick misses the remainder of the season, he’ll be the third starter (QB Deondre Francois, OL Landon Dickerson) to suffer a season-ending injury. And Campbell will deal with another setback after missing most of last year with a core-muscle injury. He’ll finish the season with six catches for 122 yards.
  • FSU and BC will meet on a Friday night for the third straight season. FSU is 2-0 in the previous two, and 21-12 all-time when playing on a Friday (13-12 regular season).
4. Ones To Watch

Boston College: Keep an eye out for Jeff Smith. The junior receiver has caught 19 passes for 233 yards, but, more importantly, he’s attempted two passes, including one that went for a 25-yard touchdown.

Defensive end Harold Landry is the latest in what has been a remarkably long line of talented pass rushers to face FSU this season. Landry finished tied with DeMarcus Walker for the nation’s sack lead last year, and he’s got five so far this season.

Florida State: As Jacques Patrick recovers from a knee injury, Cam Akers could be set for an expanded role for the rest of the year. And it would be a good time for him to a step forward: BC ranks 114th nationally in rush defense, and has surrendered an average of 281 rushing yards in its four losses. The Eagled have allowed 167 rushing yards per game in four victories.

With the threat of those trick plays on the horizon, FSU will need its defensive backs to hold coverage perhaps just a little longer than usual. That could mean overtime for Tarvarus McFadden, who will likely spend most of the evening lined up across from BC’s White.

First and 10: Florida State at Boston College
5. Numbers To Know

Total offense: FSU: 356.0 YPG (101st nationally); BC: 375.3 YPG (87th)
Scoring offense:  FSU: 19.8 PPG (115th); 23.0: 38.1 PPG (100th)
Passing offense: FSU: 209.5 YPG (77th); BC: 181.5 YPG (101st)
Rushing offense: FSU: 146.5 YPG (85th); BC: 193.8 (40th)

Total defense: FSU: 350.3 YPG (33rd); BC: 421.0 YPG (94th)
Scoring defense: FSU: 22.5 PPG (44th); BC: 27.5 PPG (75th)
Passing defense: FSU: 206.0 YPG (50th); BC: 197.0 YPG (39th)
Rushing defense: FSU: 144.3 YPG (49th); BC: 224.0 YPG (114th)

6. They Said It

“The quarterback’s playing really good, they’re blocking up front and the backs are running the football. And when (the defense) has got to respect that, then the boots, the nakeds and the play-actions come out.” – Fisher on BC’s offense

“There is not a play he doesn’t go a hundred miles an hour. His work ethic in practice, his demeanor is a lot like (Devonta) Freeman and those guys. Every play he’s going a thousand miles an hour. Sometimes we have to say, ‘Slow down just a little bit.’” – Fisher on running back Amir Rasul

“We’ve been taking the step of moving on, trying to get better, going back to fundamentals and what got us to be this great of a program.” – FSU linebacker Dontavious Jackson

“I think we’re gelling a little bit here, but I also understand the tremendous challenge of what I believe this defense of Florida State’s to be. I think they’re outstanding. I’m not seeing anybody run the ball effectively on them.” – BC coach Steve Addazio on facing the Seminoles

7. Nole Notes
  • Florida State is 19-11 all-time when playing on a short week, and 4-0 under Fisher. Three of those four wins have come against Boston College (2011, 2015, 2016). 
  • Fisher is 7-0 against Boston College, which is tied for his best mark over any opponent. 
  • Akers needs 125 rushing yards to tie Devonta Freeman for the fifth-most yards by a freshman in school history. Akers has 454. Dalvin Cook, Greg Allen and Larry Key make up the rest of the top five.
  • Speaking of freshmen, BC’s Dillon ranks in the national top five for rushing yards (694, fourth) and rushing touchdowns (six, fifth) by a true freshman.
8. Watch And Learn

Boston College on Friday will hold its annual “Red Bandanna” game to honor Welles Crowther, the former BC lacrosse player who sacrificed his life to save others during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. ESPN went deep into Crowther’s story a few years ago, and it always worth a watch:

9. Further Reading
10. The Bottom Line

The Seminoles have an opportunity for a get-right win, but they will have to earn it. This will be BC’s first home game since its midseason surge, and that, combined with the Eagles’ “Red Bandanna” celebration, should ensure a packed house and an emotional crowd.

For the Seminoles to get a victory, they’ll likely need to tighten up some of the sore spots that have popped up for most of the season. That means finishing drives with points, capitalizing on red-zone opportunities and taking care of the ball on offense, while getting off the field on third down and forcing a few turnovers of their own on defense.

FSU has shown it is capable of all those things, but has yet to play a game when all those elements come together at the same time. Friday would be a fine time for the first.

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