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Florida State Seminoles vs. Boston College Eagles Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Florida State endured a lopsided loss and a coaching change ahead of its trip to Boston College for an ACC matchup Saturday afternoon. The once-mighty Seminoles fell to 9-12 under Willie Taggart following a 27-10 loss to in-state rival Miami last week, and Taggart was let go as the team tries to salvage something of a third straight subpar campaign.

"We're going to fight," interim coach Odell Haggins told reporters. "We're unconquered. Exactly what I told them and that's what they need to hear. They're our kids, and they're going to fight to uphold Florida State University." While the Seminoles are at a crossroads, the Eagles are coming into the matchup with some momentum following a 58-27 runaway win in a record-setting performance at Syracuse last weekend. Boston College set a school mark with 691 yards on offense and its 496 yards on the ground were just shy of a 46-year-old program record. "When you can do what we do like we did it, that's overwhelming for a defense," coach Steve Addazio, who is trying to gain bowl eligibility for the sixth time in seven years at the school.

TV: Noon ET, ACC Network. LINE: Boston College -2.5

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (4-5, 3-4 ACC): The Seminoles' quarterback situation continues to be as undefined as the program itself, with both senior Alex Hornibrook and sophomore James Blackman seeing snaps against Miami. Hornibrook has been the primary passer in the last two weeks and has a completion percentage of 68.9 on the season with only two interceptions in 122 attempts. Junior running back Cam Akers, who leads the ACC with 16 total touchdowns, needs 17 rushing yards to record the second 1,000-yard campaign of his career.

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (5-4, 3-3): Junior star AJ Dillon led the dominant effort at Syracuse with 242 yards and three TDs on 35 carries. "I always want to be the guy, not in a cocky way or in an ego way," Dillon told the media after the game. "But I feel comfortable with my teammates and my coaches knowing that if we need to get a score you can put the ball in my hands and I'll do everything I can to get that." The nation's second-leading rusher with 1,286 yards, Dillon needs 17 more to become the first player in school history with 4,000 for a career.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Eagles sophomore QB Dennis Grosel completed 8-of-10 passes against Syracuse after going 21-of-60 through his first seven games.

2. The Seminoles have allowed 35 sacks, tied for the fourth-highest total among FBS teams.

3. Florida State gained a 12-5 all-time series advantage with last year's 22-21 win at home on a 74-yard TD pass to WR Tamorrion Terry with 1:49 left.

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Alumni Stadium
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Capacity: 44,500

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Last Injuries

Florida State Seminoles

  • Dontavious Jackson

    Hand
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jackson missed the last game with a hand injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Alabama State.

  • Dontae Lucas

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Lucas sat out the previous game due to an injury to his leg, and it is unknown if he will play against Alabama State on Saturday.

  • Warren Thompson

    Personal
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Thompson has been held out of the previous three games due to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will play Saturday against Alabama State.

  • Cyrus Fagan

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Fagan has a leg injury and did not play in the last four games. It is unclear if he will suit up Saturday against Alabama State.

  • Ricky Aguayo

    Illness
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Aguayo is ailing from an illness, and it is unclear if the symptoms will subside in time for Saturday's game versus Alabama State.

  • Marvin Wilson

    Hand
    out for season | out

    Wilson is recovering from hand surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Ricky Aguayo

    Illness
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Aguayo is ailing from an illness, and it is undetermined if the symptoms will subside in time for Saturday's contest against BC.

  • Marvin Wilson

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wilson is dealing with an unspecified injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against Boston College on Saturday.

boston-college-eagles-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Anthony Brown 4 0 138.939 0 101 54 0 0 0 6 792
Dennis Grosel 2 0 79.400 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 21
CJ Lewis 1 0 .000 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 12
Kobay White 3 0 .000 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
AJ Dillon 4 0 468 0 99 6
David Bailey 4 0 237 0 44 2
Zay Flowers 4 0 135 0 10 1
Anthony Brown 4 0 92 0 25 2
Travis Levy 4 0 36 0 10 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Hunter Long 3 0 139 0 9 0 0
Kobay White 3 0 133 0 7 0 1
Zay Flowers 4 0 130 0 6 0 1
Jake Burt 4 0 98 0 7 0 1
Korab Idrizi 4 0 96 0 8 0 2
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Max Richardson 4 0 22 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5
Mike Palmer 4 0 19 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mehdi El Attrach 4 0 13 10 1 1 1 17 1 0 0 1
Tate Haynes 4 0 13 6 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 1
John Lamot 4 0 12 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Aaron Boumerhi 4 0 3 5 40 17 17
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Travis Levy 4 0 13 0 41 290
Hugh Davis 1 0 1 0 0 0
Paul Theobald Jr. 4 0 1 0 14 14
Peter Stehr 1 0 1 0 0 0
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
AJ Dillon 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Burt 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
AJ Dillon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Anthony Brown 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
CJ Lewis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Danny Longman 3 0 0 67 0 35 2 0 0
David Bailey 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Travis Levy 4 0 5 0 12 29

florida-state-seminoles-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Alex Hornibrook 1 0 215.100 0 20 15 0 0 0 2 255
James Blackman 4 0 155.790 0 124 86 2 0 0 9 970
Cam Akers 4 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Cam Akers 4 0 499 0 98 6
Khalan Laborn 4 0 72 0 14 0
Keyshawn Helton 4 0 19 0 2 0
Alex Hornibrook 1 0 18 0 3 0
D.J. Matthews 3 0 12 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tamorrion Terry 4 0 307 0 16 0 2
Keyshawn Helton 4 0 188 0 13 0 3
Tre' McKitty 4 0 116 0 8 0 0
Tre'Shaun Harrison 3 0 115 0 8 0 1
D.J. Matthews 3 0 110 0 14 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Hamsah Nasirildeen 3 0 19 9 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Stanford Samuels III 4 0 17 8 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Dontavious Jackson 4 0 15 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Cyrus Fagan 4 0 14 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0
Asante Samuel Jr. 4 0 11 4 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Ricky Aguayo 4 0 3 6 53 18 18
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Keyshawn Helton 4 0 7 0 49 170
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
James Blackman 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Cam Akers 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Keith Gavin 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Alex Hornibrook 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Cam Akers 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
D.J. Matthews 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Gabe Nabers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
James Blackman 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
D.J. Matthews 3 0 6 0 26 68