Boston College vs. Florida State
Sept. 18 at Alumni Stadium, 8 p.m. on ESPN
Florida State is Boston College's first big road block they must face this season. After two easy games against FCS opponents, the Eagles will have to take on the reigning ACC champions.
Florida State has gads of talent on both sides of the ball and a great coach, but this season they must break in 12 new starters.
On offensive, the 'Noles no longer have Jameis Winston under center or four offensive linemen. The prospective quarterback to lead the offensive is Everett Golson, formerly of Notre Dame. He can run as well as pass, but struggles under pressure.
When the Eagles host FSU, shutting down the run game and disrupting the pocket will be vital to slow down the Seminoles' potent offense.
On the offensive side of the football, Boston College will need their offensive line will need to create holes for Jon Hilliman, Myles Willis, and Marcus Outlow. That will hopefully open up the aerial attack for Darius Wade, who will be starting in his first ACC game.
FSU is replacing both starting cornerbacks, so it will be up to the Eagles coaching staff to confuse the new, but talented Seminoles secondary as much as possible.
The Eagles don't have the talent or depth that FSU does, but if they can find ways to outmaneuver, confuse, and contain the Seminoles, a low-scoring upset could be a possibility. In order for the Eagles to upset, a grind-it-out squeaker would have to happen. ESPN's FPI calculator gives the Eagles a little more than a one in five shot, which isn't too terrible.
Insider Prediction: FSU 27, BC 14