Both No.9 Florida State and unranked Boston College have had little trouble in their first two games against non-conference opponents, and they are set to have their first ACC matchup of 2015. The Seminoles visit the Eagles on Friday night at Alumni Stadium.
Florida State had an easy win over Texas State to start the season, and they followed it up with a 34-14 victory over South Florida. Boston College has yet to face and FBS team, beating up on Maine and Howard. After topping Maine by 21 points, they shut out Howard, 76-0.
Even though they are playing at home and have won their two games by nearly 100 total points, Boston College is an underdog on Friday, according to vegasinsider.com. Florida State is a nine-point favorite, with an over/under of 47 points.
Everett Golson's Inconsistent Start
The transfer from Notre Dame faces his toughest challenge of the season. Golson has helped Florida State win both of their games by a combined 63 points, but the Seminoles need him to play better than he did against South Florida.
Golson was terrific against Texas State, completing 76 percent of his passes for 302 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. But he struggled last week, throwing for just 163 yards for one score. The senior only had one completion in the first half.
Golson had a few big running games for Notre Dame, and he ended last season with eight rushing touchdowns. But he’s lost 16 yards on 12 attempts this season, and has yet to use his legs to get into the end zone.
Dalvin Cook vs. Boston College’s Run Defense
The Eagles haven’t allowed their opponents to have any kind of success on the ground, holding Howard and Maine to 14 total yards on 48 combined carries. But Boston College faces a much tougher test when they host the Seminoles.
Dalvin Cook has established himself as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate by rushing for more yards than all but one running back in college football. He totaled 156 yards on 19 carries against Texas State, and he almost set a school record the following week. Cook’s 266 rushing yards and three scores bailed out Golson and helped Florida State cruise in the second half.
But Cook faces the best run defense that he’s seen all year. In addition to being the best team at stopping the run this season, only two teams allowed fewer rushing yards than Boston College last year.
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Boston College hasn’t been challenged yet this season, and that could come back to bite them on Friday. Cook has looked unstoppable, and the contest could turn into a blowout if Golson has a big game.
Florida State over Boston College, 31-20