#9 Florida State (2-0, 0-0) at Boston College (2-0, 0-0)
When: Friday, September 18th, 2015
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
Time: 8:00 ET
TV: ESPN Radio: XM 84
Boston College gets it’s first true test of the year when they open up ACC play against 9th ranked Florida State. The Eagles have had 2 cupcake games with wins over FCS Maine and Howard. They outscored those two 100-3 and have only allowed 51 yards a game. As a result, they have the #1 ranked defense in the Nation, but that will change tonight. We really don’t have much to go on after those 2 games except the fact that they are spreading the ball around to everyone, which isn’t a surprise given who they’ve played. Boston College is coming off a 7-6 season and lost 5 starters on the offensive line. They also lost QB Tyler Murphy who beat #9 USC last year and almost beat two other ranked teams along the way. The Eagles ran for 240 yards at Florida State last year, but the upset bid came up just short 20-17.
Florida State is also coming off two easy wins against inferior opponents. They beat South Florida 34-14 and Texas State 59-16. In those games running back Dalvin Cook has rushed for an amazing 422 yards and 5 touchdowns. He’s just a sophomore who had 1,008 yards as a freshman last year. He’s making an early case for the Heisman Trophy. Florida State tries for its sixth straight victory over Boston College, but they must figure out a way to start quicker on offense. They have only scored 28 of their 93 points in the first half. Everett Golson, who transferred after graduating from Notre Dame, is 33-of-51 for 465 yards without an interception, and his five touchdowns all have come in the second half. They don’t want to let Boston College stay around in the second half.
B.C. has covered 2 of the last 3 meetings against Florida State, but the spread hasn’t been this low since 2009. I think Florida State will be more focused early on than they have been in their first two games. They just have a lot more talent than the Eagles. I think the Seminoles run away with this one.
Pick: Florida State -7