No. 8 Florida State will visit Boston College on Saturday after blasting its first three opponents by a combined score of 157-26.
The Seminoles are coming off a 54-6 victory over FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman. They posted 492 yards of total offense in the win while limiting the Wildcats to 242 total yards. Junior Devonta Freeman rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Boston College is coming off a 35-7 loss to USC two weeks ago. The Eagles allowed the Trojans to post 521 yards of total offense in the loss, while totaling 184 yards of their own.
Let's take a look at the matchup on Saturday in Chestnut Hill.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
Betting Line (via Covers.com): -21.5
Florida State Injuries (via USA Today)
Questionable: OL Wilson Bell (Undisclosed)
Boston College Injuries (via USA Today)
Questionable: LB Steele Divitto (Elbow), LB Josh Keyes (Neck), RB Tahj Kimble (Knee), LB Marquis Little (Undisclosed), DE Kieran Borcich (Undisclosed), QB Josh Bordner (Knee), LB Nick Lifka (Undisclosed)
Probable: TE Jake Sinkovec (Undisclosed)
Top Storyline: Florida State's Running Game Rolling
As EJ Manuel's successor at Florida State, freshman Jameis Winston threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns against ACC foe Pittsburgh to start the season.
But it has been the Seminoles' rushing attack that has been most impressive through three games.
Florida State ranks third in the nation in yards per carry (first in the ACC), 19th in rushing yards per game (second in the ACC) and 17th in rushing touchdowns (first in the ACC). Junior Devonta Freeman has racked up 273 yards and two touchdowns on just 28 carries. He ranks 11th in the nation in yards per carry.
Juniors Karlos Williams (17 carries, 193 yards, three touchdowns) and James Wilder Jr. (24 carries, 159 yards, two touchdowns) have completed the three-headed monster. Even Winston has rushed for two scores.
Whoever wants to stop Florida State this season better have a solid run defense.
Prediction: Florida State 42, Boston College 7
Boston College doesn't have a solid run defense.
The Eagles rank 75th in the nation in yards allowed per carry. That includes giving up 257 and three scores on the ground to USC two weeks ago. Perhaps the bye week helped the Eagles, but a defense can only improve so much from week to week.
There's also the fact that Florida State has a top defense, while Boston College scored a mere seven points against USC's strong unit. In that respect, it's hard to have a lot (or a little) faith in the Eagles' offense.
The Seminoles should have no trouble rolling over Boston College in Week 5, even if the game is being played in Chestnut Hill. The 21.5-point spread should actually be seen as a sign of respect by the Eagles.