Florida State looks for victory in ACC opener against Boston College
No. 9 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Boston College (2-0, 0-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Florida State by 7 1-2.
Series Record: Florida State leads 9-4
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Florida State is hoping to keep moving up in The Associated Press Top 25, and a victory in the ACC opener after a pair of wins against schools from outside the Power Five conferences would help. Boston College is hoping for a repeat of last year's signature win, a victory over ninth-ranked Southern California in Week 3.
Boston College RB Jon Hilliman vs. Florida State LB Terrance Smith: Hilliman rushed for 73 yards in last year's game, when the top-ranked Seminoles needed a field goal with 3 seconds left to win 20-17. Boston College averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Smith is one of seven starters back on the Florida State defense that has allowed 4.1 yards per carry in the first two games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida State: QB Everett Golson and RB Dalvin Cook. The Seminoles are looking for a consistent performance from Golson, the Notre Dame transfer who completed only one pass in the first half against South Florida last week. Cook made up for it, running for 266 yards — second-most in school history — and three touchdowns.
Boston College: WR Bobby Swigert missed two full seasons after injuring his knee against Notre Dame in 2012. He had 11 operations so he could return for the opener against Maine. He had two catches, including an 11-yard touchdown.
FACTS & FIGURES
The game will be played in the memory of former BC lacrosse player Welles Crowther, "the man in the red bandanna," who was credited with saving at least a dozen lives in the World Trade Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. ... After beating two FCS teams, BC is first in the nation in defense, allowing an average of 1.5 points, 7 rushing yards and 51 total yards. ... Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is 5-0 vs. BC. ... Cook has 422 rushing yards through two games, second in the nation. ... FSU has scored on all 11 of its second-half possessions this season. ... In addition to last year's near-upset, the Eagles led 17-3 in 2013, the year of the Seminoles' national championship, before losing 48-34.