Florida State Boston College Odds
The Boston College Eagles will host the Florida State Seminoles in a ACC Atlantic showdown Thursday night. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN at 8:00 ET. The Seminoles are a disappointing 5-3 overall and 3-2 inside the conference after eight games, but just cashed in their third straight win with a 34-0 beating of North Carolina State. The Eagles are just 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the ACC, but come in off a big upset win at Maryland. Boston College was 6.5-point underdogs, but wound up winning the game 28-17. Florida State won 24-19 at home against the Eagles last season, but Boston College easily covered as 21.5 point dogs.
Taking a look at the week 10 spreads, oddsmakers currently have Florida State favored by 14.5-points over Boston College with the total set at 44 points.
While the Seminoles are a long shot to win the Atlantic division after opening up conference play with back-to-back losses against Clemson and Wake Forest, this team doesn’t appear to be letting that ruin their season. Florida State has absolutely dominated their last three games since losing at Wake Forest 30-35. Their most recent 34-0 win over NC State came after back-to-back 41-16 wins over Duke and Maryland.
Offensively the Seminoles have been doing pretty much whatever they please of late. Junior quarterback E.J. Manuel has thrown for 824 yards with five touchdowns to just two interceptions over his last three games. He is coming off a brilliant performance against NC State, where he went 25 of 34 for 321 yards and two touchdowns. The Seminoles are also running the ball very effectively, averaging just over 194 yards a game on the ground during their winning streak.
Florida State should have another big offensive output this week, as they face a Boston College defense that has struggled to stop both the run and the pass. The Eagles have the 72nd ranked run defense (169.5 ypg) and the 89th worst pass defense (252.3 ypg).
The Eagles opened the season with three ugly losses to Northwestern, UCF, and Duke, but have played better of late. They played Wake Forest tough at home (19-27), battle at Clemson (14-36), and hung in there against Virginia Tech (14-30) before finally breaking through with their win over Maryland.
That win over Maryland will give this team a lot of confidence going into their game against the Seminoles. The Eagles have a strong history of playing well against Florida State. Despite losing last year, they have won three of the last five with both losses coming by 10-points or less.
The biggest problem for Boston College has been moving the ball on offense. They have had to play most of the season without star running back Montel Harris, who played in just two games before his season was ended with a knee injury.
Rolandan Finch helped the running game pile up a season-high 372 yards on the ground against Maryland with 243 yards and two touchdowns on 39 attempts. However, that really doesn’t mean a whole lot going into their game against Florida State. Maryland has the 113th ranked run defense in the country, and the Eagles attempted just 12 passes the entire game for 32 yards.
Moving the ball on the ground against the Seminoles won’t be so easy. Florida State is 4th in the nation against the run, allowing just 77.0 ypg. In their last three games combined the Seminoles have allowed a total of 158 yards on the ground. With no passing game to fall on, look for the Eagles to pound the football regardless if they have much success doing it.
Florida State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.
Boston College is 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games.