Gameday: BC @ FSU

Florida State is looking to "black out" Boston College in make or break game for the 2006 season.

FLORIDA STATE (4-2, 2-2 ACC) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (5-1, 2-1 ACC)


Marcus Ball (knee)
Anthony Houllis (knee)
Derek Nicholson (knee)
Emmanuel Dunbar (back)
Jamaal Edwards (knee)
Geno Hayes (knee)

Tony Carter (knee)
Letroy Guion (shoulder)
D.J. Norris (shoulder)
Brandon Warren (hamstring)

Alex Boston (ankle)
Aaron Jones (ankle)

FSU may be missing an important piece of its offense if Warren can't shake off a hamstring injury.


• Florida State rebounded for a 51-24 win at Duke and will play at home for the first time in three games. Saturday's game will mark the first time Boston College will play at Doak Campbell Stadium as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and just the second time overall. Back on October 18, 1980, the Seminoles topped the Eagles 20-7 in Tallahassee. Last year's meeting between the two schools was Boston College's first game as a member of the ACC and the first meeting between the two schools in 25 years.

• This week will mark the second straight game that the Seminoles are not ranked in the nation's Top 25. The last time the Seminoles found themselves unranked in two straight games was in 1989. Unranked that season in weeks two, three and four, after going 0-2 to start the season, the Seminoles won their final 10 games and concluded the season with a No. 3 ranking.

• Saturday's game will mark the first time that Florida State has played a ranked team at home when the Seminoles, themselves, have been unranked since September 9, 1989 when FSU lost 23-34 to No. 10 Clemson. Overall, the Seminoles are 0-4 under Bobby Bowden against a ranked team at home when when they, themselves, are unranked. The three other losses have been to No. 6 Miami, 16-17 (Nov. 12, 1983), No. 2 Pittsburgh, 17-37 (Sept. 18, 1982) and No. 12 Florida, 26-33 (Oct. 16, 1979).

• The Seminoles are averaging 26.4 points per game this season while BC is at 25.7. Both defenses are allowing under 20 points per game with FSU limiting opponents to 17.0 ppg and BC allowing its opponents just 16.7 ppg.

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