VIDEO: ‘Noles Wrap Up Preparations For Boston College
By Seminoles.com // September 17, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Interview with FSU Football Head Coach Jimbo Fisher after Wednesday afternoon’s practice.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Seminoles.com) – No. 6/9 Florida State (2-0) hits the road for the first time in 2015 heading to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face Boston College (2-0) in the ACC opener for both schools Friday night inside Alumni Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.
FSU concluded its short week of practice before making the trek to the northeast on Wednesday night. The Seminoles, who enter the game with 24 consecutive victories over league opponents, have won five straight over the Eagles and lead the all-time series 9-4.
Florida State has posted back-to-back 8-0 seasons (2013 & 2014) in the ACC and has not loss since a 17-16 setback at NC State in 2012.
“Good Thursday practice,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said.
“Good work. Temperament was good. I’m anxious to watch; go up there and play on the road. I’m anxious to watch us adjust. It’s the next step. We’ve fought adversity, we fought rain, we fought delays. All that stuff, and as a team, you like to see the next step.”
Friday night’s showdown pits a Florida State offense that ranks 17th nationally in rushing at 272.0 yards per game against a Boston College defense that leads the nation in rushing defense (7.0 ypg), scoring defense (1.5 ppg), team passing efficiency defense (42.42) and total defense at 51.0 yards per game.
Through the first two games, FSU’s Dalvin Cook ranks second in the nation and first among the ‘Autonomy Five’ conference schools with 422 total yards rushing.
The Miami, Fla., native is the first Seminole since Greg Jones (2001-02) to rush for 100+ yards in five straight games and is one off the school record set by Warrick Dunn in 1995. Cook tallied a career-high 266 rushing yards and three touchdowns in leading FSU to a 34-14 victory over USF last weekend.
Cook was honored by the FWAA and Walter Camp as National Offensive Player of the Week for his record-breaking performance against the Bulls.
The Boston College defense has yielded just three points in its first two games limiting the opposition to a total of 10 first downs and 102 total yards on offense (14 rushing, 88 passing).
Both schools have yet to commit an offense turnover in 2015 and both have been extremely efficient in the red zone with Florida State converting on all eight chances, while BC is 10-for-11 with nine touchdowns.
“It’s a good road game, against an extremely well-coached team,” added Fisher on opening ACC play against Boston College.
“We’ve got to go play well on national TV, that’s why you’re here. But I’ve been pleased with the week of practice.”
The series has been closely contested as of last with the last two meetings decided by 14 points or less. Last year in Tallahassee, Roberto Aguayo broke a 17-17 tie nailing a 26-yard, game-winning field goal with three seconds left to keep the Noles undefeated.
Florida State is 17-6 all-time in ACC openers including 4-1 under head coach Jimbo Fisher. FSU has never opened ACC play against Boston College, while the Eagles played their first game as a member of the ACC against the Seminoles in 2005 in Chestnut Hill. The Seminoles own a career 5-2 mark when playing at BC.
Florida State Injury Report vs. Boston College – Sept. 18, 2015
Out For Game
OL Abdul Bello (knee)
DE Chris Casher (knee)
DE Lorenzo Featherston (knee)
DB Marcus Lewis (knee)
OL Chad Mavety (concussion)
OL Cole Minshew (ankle)
TE Jalen Wilkerson (shoulder)
Out For Season
DB Ryan Green (shoulder)