Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC) hosts Boston College (1-2, 0-1 ACC) for their first Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) home game of the season. In head coach Mike Norvell’s third year, the Seminoles are making their best start since 2015.
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After enduring injuries to redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Travis and redshirt runner-up Jared Verse, the Seminoles defeated Louisville on September 16, 35-31.
Over three games, Florida State’s skill positions will be determined by redshirt sophomores Treshuan Ward (40 carries, 302 yards, two touchdowns) and Johnny Wilson (11 receptions, 260 yards, two touchdowns).
The defense walked away with seven sacks and an interception and is led in tackles (21) by redshirt junior linebacker Tatum Bethune.
Boston College lost its first two games to Rutgers and Virginia Tech and earned its first win by beating Maine 38-17 in Week 3.
Much like Norvell, Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley is well into his third year with the Eagles, where he has a 13-13 record.
Kick-off is on September 24 at 8 p.m
Chance to start 4-0
Norvell was 8-13 at Florida State his first two years and started 2021 0-4. Boston College offers the ‘Noles a chance to keep their foot on the pedal and trade against a conference opponent for the second straight week.
There’s always a chance that an undefeated team will become complacent and find themselves in a closer game than many are expecting. If the ‘Noles win, they are two wins away from bowl eligibility. Four wins isn’t the goal for Seminoles fans, of course, but it’s a tangible step in the right direction for a program that hasn’t qualified for a bowl since 2019.
Continuous development of wide receivers
Wilson stormed the national scene with his 149-yard streak and two touchdowns against Louisville. The rest of the wide receivers only had five catches combined, but should have more opportunities compared to Boston College. Regardless of the quarterback situation, the Eagles’ defense is likely emphasizing stopping the overrun to defend the pass and make room for receivers like redshirt senior Pokey Wilson, redshirt junior Mycah Pittman and sophomore Malik McClain.
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What is Florida State’s quarterback position?
Travis returned to practice this week, but his status for the game remains up in the air. If Travis passes, he has an opportunity to continue to prove himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and lead an offense averaging 35.3 points per game.
If Travis is left out, redshirt quarterback Tate Rodemaker will start as a sophomore. Rodemaker flashed arm strength and led the comeback against Louisville, but hasn’t played a full four quarters as a starting quarterback in his career. Although Rodemaker flashed his legs against Louisville, he will likely return to his arm in instances where Travis could climb. Aside from some differences between the two signalers, the Seminoles’ offensive playcalling and pace should look normal when Rodemaker starts.
How do the Seminoles limit Jurkovec and Flowers?
Graduate quarterback Phil Jurkovec and senior wide receiver Zay Flowers are the playmakers to watch out for on Boston College’s passing offense. The Eagles are averaging 251.3 yards per game, and Flowers is Jurkovec’s primary target. The pair have years of experience together, and Flowers leads in receptions (22), yards receiving (285), and touchdowns (three).
Flowers regularly joins the slot, relying on his speed and yards-after-catch (YAC) ability to turn shorter trades into big games. The Florida State Secondary allowed 243 passing yards against Louisville, including completions of 55, 24, and 21 yards.
In 2021, the ‘Noles and defensive coordinator Adam Fuller kept Jurkovec on 10 of 24 on pass attempts. Flowers was limited to three receptions but converted one into a 36-yard touchdown.
The Seminoles have won 10 of their last 11 against Boston College and this matchup is favorable despite the injuries at Florida State. In the past, the Eagles have caused problems for Florida State when they established dominance at the line of scrimmage, which they didn’t do in the first three games. In front of their home crowd, the Seminoles played evenly in every quarter and remain undefeated.
State of Florida 34, Boston College 17
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