Boston College at Florida State: 5 Big Questions

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2. Can the Eagles score on Florida State’s defense?

Possibly, but perhaps not a lot. FSU has some very fierce pass rushers and BC’s offensive line is not looking as sharp as it was at the start of the season.

They have a defense that is in the top ten in the nation in several major categories, including total defense (yardage) and scoring defense. Even NC State did not do a great deal against them offensively last week in a one-point victory.

Chase Rettig is still having a fine season, but BC does not have a run game to complement it, and even if they did, FSU is a bad matchup in that area. Florida State will probably do quite a bit of what they did last season: attempt to shut BC down at the line of scrimmage. The difference from last year is that BC, in a bit of unbelievable stupidity, rushed the ball into the teeth of the best run defense in the country, as though they were still facing Maryland. This time, they will probably pass a little more, and that has a far better chance of success.

Last year’s game is a little hard to read, though, because Florida State jumped all over the Eagles early, and BC gave up on offense before halftime. Who knows, that might be FSU’s plan again.