On Saturday, at 12 noon, the No. 3 Seminoles will be in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to take on the Boston College Eagles on ABC.
The Eagles are 1-1 on the season with a loss to Northern Illinois and a 31-28 win versus Holy Cross.
The ‘Noles are 14-5 against BC in the all-time series including a 44-14 victory last season.
Observations from the last game
FSU put together a dominant performance in all three phases of the game. Florida State had 102 players get playing time.
The Seminoles defense only managed 2 sacks but put pressure on the Southern Miss quarterback on almost every snap.
The offense ended up with 8 touchdowns however it could have been more if it weren’t for a few drops. Hopefully Johnny Wilson and Jaheim Bell can correct this issue this week.
Starting safety Akeem Dent was taken out of the game after grabbing his hamstring. He is listed on this week’s depth chart, but I think he will not play this week so he can get ready for Clemson next weekend. Freshman receiver Hykeem Williams played well replacing Kentron Portier. Portier should be back by next week as well.
Florida State offense versus Boston College defense
The ‘Noles will lean on running backs Trey Benson (3 rushing TDs last week) Rodney Hill and others, regardless of the weather, to move the ball. Florida State is 9th in the FBS in rushing yards per attempt at 6.2 Boston College has done a decent job of slowing down the run as they are 50th in yards per attempt given up. We will see if the Eagles can play as well against better competition.
If BC can get FSU to 3rd and long situations, the Eagles will rely on their pass rushers, Donovan Ezeiruaku (7.5 sacks in ’22) and Shitta Shillah, to force Jordan Travis into a mistake. Another player to watch out for on the Boston College defense is linebacker Vinny DePalma, who already has 21 tackles this season.
Florida State defense versus Boston College offense
The Eagle offense is led by the athletic quarterback Thomas Castellanos. Castellanos leads the team in passing with 339 yards and in rushing with 136 yards. Setting the edge to keep him from scrambling will be key for the Florida State defense. Defensive ends Jared Verse, Patrick Payton and Gilber Edmund need to stay disciplined to keep the quarterback in the pocket.
The matchup between the FSU defensive tackles and BC’s preseason All-American right guard Christian Mahogany should a good one to watch as well.
Other BC offensive players to look out for are running back Kye Robichaux (102 yards rushing), wide receivers Jaden Williams (26.4 yards per catch) and Ryan O’Keefe.
Edge: Florida State
BC has struggled on offense, defense and special teams this season while FSU has been quite the opposite. I expect the Seminoles to start fast and cruise to another victory. Florida State 42 Boston College 10.