This week’s key matches: Florida State at Boston College
Florida State enters this week’s game against Boston College with a hard-earned victory over rival Miami last week. It was a game full of ups and downs at the end with Noles dominating late in the final seconds. Boston College has won two games in a row after slipping four games with its latest victory over Georgia Tech. The overall record stands at the moment with a 12-5 series lead for FSU and the Seminoles winning their last two games against the Eagles.
Florida State (4-6) will face Boston College (6-4) on Saturday noon EST on ACC. Here are three main encounters to watch as Noles looks to stay in the hunt for a winning game this weekend.
1. Knowles’ attack dents Boston College’s defense
FSU’s running game looked better this past weekend against Canes than it did the previous two weeks. While QB Jordan Travis ended up throwing massive passes late in the game, the accelerating attack was consistent. You said this will be key for the rest of the season because this offense will only last as long as a running game. Boston College has been referred to as a turn but it doesn’t break the defense and is decent across the board. Georgia Tech managed to rush out for 213 yards and that’s good for Noles. The Eagles give up about 176 yards a game on the ground and the Fifa should be able to find some success in running the ball this weekend.
2. Battle of rotation
FSU’s second key is to protect football. Lately, Noles has done a decent job of not turning the ball around. But there have been some major difficulties in recent weeks in terms of running backwards. Treshaun Ward and Jashaun Corbin have coughed a ball once in the past three weeks. Jordan Travis did a good job of making good readings and not forcing the ball into his goals against Miami. That will need to continue this week for the Seminoles as they look to win on the road against a tough opponent at Boston College.
3. Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec vs. FSU’s Defense
Boston College quarterback Phil Gorkovich returned to the field against Virginia Tech two weeks ago after sustaining a hand/wrist injury. Jurkovec threw for 310 yards and ran for 71 yards while taking five total touchdowns last weekend against Georgia Tech. It’s the engine that makes the Eagles attack work when it’s healthy. Noles’ defense will have to do a good job of containing Jurkovec in the pocket and not allowing him to use his athletic ability as a weapon. The Seminoles have struggled with a few moving quarterbacks this season, so this should be something to watch out for.
His main target receiver will be Zay Flowers of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has almost doubled the number of flower receptions as any other receiver on the team. I expect an FSU defensive end for Jermaine Johnson and his cohorts to make life difficult for Jurkovec and make him uncomfortable this weekend.
Florida State is looking to finish off the season strong with another win this week against Boston College. A win this week will define a trip to Gainesville with bragging rights and a potential pot berth on the line.