Florida State vs. Boston College: Complete Game Preview
Florida State shocked us with ineptitude in Raleigh.
Unless the offense gets creative, the 'Noles will lose again.
It seems unlikely that Florida State will lose to Boston College on Saturday. There aren't enough injuries to replicate last year's three-game losing streak, but how the Seminoles perform obviously dictates the course of their remaining season.
How will Florida State do? Can the Seminoles play loose football and forget about merely protecting a lead?
Florida State Depth Chart
The Seminoles' depth chart is as intact as ever, and their bench players will be needed against Boston College.
Boston College Depth Chart
Boston College's depth chart has been updated for the Florida State game. Note the use of the tight end for the offensive line, given BC's unstable offensive line.
What Happened to the Seminoles Last Week
The margin of defeat wouldn't matter, because everyone knows that a one-loss ACC team is extraordinarily unlikely to make the BCS Championship Game.
FSU fell 17-16, but could've lost 63-16. Each score would've robbed the 'Noles of the ultimate prize.
Florida State has a chance to regroup at home against Boston College to stay relevant in the ACC Atlantic Division, and the Seminoles should remember that the only fate they controlled this season was the ACC Championship.
They forgot that, and it cost a title. The Seminoles cannot afford another slip-up.
What Happened to the Eagles Last Week
Army looked to have reached a nadir, having lost at home convincingly to FCS Stony Brook, 23-3. The Black Knights were 0-4, but somehow regrouped to shock Boston College, 34-31.
The hot seat will likely cost BC's head coach Frank Spaziani his job—unless the Eagles rip off a winning streak to end their season. Shocking Florida State at Doak—which nearly happened two years ago—would be an excellent step in the right direction.
What It Means to Both Teams
Nick Saban had won a national title at Alabama by his third year. This came after 20 years of Crimson Tide ineptitude.
It would only make sense that his prodigy would do the same at Florida State, which has been off the national radar since "only" 2000.
The schedule could not get much simpler, so Florida State needs to win out, get an ACC Championship and win its first BCS bowl since 1999.
Frank Spaziani needs to save his job and bring Boston College back to the edge of relevance. Last year, the Eagles ended their streak of bowl appearances and fell to a horrible 4-8 record. For the program to be even memorable, it needs a solid win to get to bowl season. Getting a win against a Top 15 team would set BC on the right track.
Key Player for Florida State
Both E.J. Manuel and Chris Thompson had middle-of-the-road second-half performances against NC State.
But I won't blame them.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Jimbo Fisher is the key "player" for Florida State. After all, it was his offensive calls that cost Florida State their Top Five ranking.
Jimbo Fisher needs to air out the ball more to show he trusts E.J. Manuel as the team leader.
Key Player for Boston College
Chase Rettig has only turned the ball over three times this season.
The stat to be concerned with, though, is his 58.3 percent completion rate. If Rettig is going to hurt Florida State's secondary, he will need to complete a lot of passes.
Florida State Will Win If...
1. E.J. Manuel throws the ball
2. The Seminoles don't get emotional about last week's loss
3. Florida State remembers that it is playing at home
Boston College Will Win If...
1. Chase Rettig plays like Matt Ryan
2. The defense plays man coverage to stop passes; the Eagles cannot stop an opponent they can't even touch (especially when that opponent has better talent)
Prediction: Florida State 48, Boston College 14
Florida State will win with its defense and will keep itself relevant nationally. A rocking performance in the second half will show that FSU can play a complete four quarters.