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Previewing the Opponent: Boston College Eagles

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Boston College Eagles
Record: 2-1 (1-0 ACC)
Head Coach: Steve Addazio
All-Time: FSU Leads 7-4

Overview: Once again Florida State is set to play a team that will attempt to control the clock and run the ball. As Telvin Smith joked on Monday, this seems to be all the Seminoles see nowadays. Boston College's head coach, Steve Addazio, is new this year but plenty familiar with Florida State. As a coach at UF he recruited a good number of FSU's players and his current scheme is right out of the SEC.

"They’ve changed defensively and they’ve changed on offense," said Jimbo Fisher on Monday. "It’s not like playing them a year ago. You can go back and evaluate the players, but not the scheme." 

BC has a big offensive line and a giant running back and they will attempt to pound the ball at FSU all afternoon. 

"They had a week off to prepare well,' said Fisher. "Steve [Addazio] does a great job coaching, offense [and] defense. They’re very physical on offense – very good offensive line. Probably one of the best ones we’ve seen. Their [RB] Andre Williams is averaging over 100 yards a game, is very physical, big, 230-pound guy that breaks tackles – strong.

"[Receiver] Alex Amidon is doing a great job making explosive plays for them – [he’s] very quick. A very good change of direction and [Chase] Rettig is a very good quarterback, so they have a nice team."

Defensively the Eagles are giving up less than 20 points per game and should try to bring plenty of unique ways to attack the Seminole offense. 

"They are very complicated," said Jameis Winston. "So it’s going to be a real fun game with a lot of different schemes and packages that they bring to the table, so it’s going to be fun.”

How FSU Stacks Up: Florida State shouldn't have issues with Boston College in terms of the talent on the field. The Seminoles won't face a team with comparable talent until Clemson. But that doesn't mean BC can't agitate Florida State by running the clock and trying to power the run up inside. Florida State's defensive line is still a work in progress and have - at time, early in games - been susceptible to giving up yardage on the ground. Two weeks ago Nevada held the ball for most of the first half and averaged over four yards per carry before FSU got going. 

Fortunately FSU should be able to put up points. BC surrendered 35 to USC in a blowout loss two weeks ago and could be in trouble if the Seminoles can stretch the field vertically. Look for Rashad Greene and Kelvin Benjamin to try to work early on to loosen up the box and then expect a heavy does of Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams in the second half.

Three to Watch:

1.) Chase Rettig, QB - If BC wants to have a shot at the upset they will need a big day from their quarterback.

2.) Andre Williams, RB - A big, strong, physical running back who will try to test Florida State between the tackles early and often.

3.) Alex Amidon, WR - 20 receptions for 262 yards so far this season for BC's most talented receiver.

Quote of the Week: "We’re going to bring our ‘A’ game. Boston College will be ready. They’ll be rested and they’ve had two weeks to prepare for us on film. They’ll definitely be ready for us. We’ll be going on the road, handling their hostile environment, momentum swings, all the things that go with being on the road. We’ll get in that hotel and lock them down and get ready to roll. I feel good about where we’re going. We’ve had a good week of practice."

-Jimbo Fisher

 

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