October 9, 2012

Know your opponent: Boston College

2012 Record: 1-4 (0-2 ACC)

Starters returning: 19 total, 11offensive, eight defensive

Breaking it down: After a stunning loss to North Carolina State, Florida State now turns its attention to another Atlantic Division opponent in Boston College.

The Eagles once again are in the midst of a very unimpressive season. After a 34-31 to Army last weekend, BC has just one win--a 34-3 victory over Maine--this season. Opponents are averaging 473.8 yards per game against the Eagles, second-worst in the ACC.

Offensively Boston College is averaging 311.8 yards per game passing, but just 3.5 yards per carry on the ground. Still the Eagles have been able to put up points in 2012, averaging 28.2 points per game.

"They've done a good job. (Chase) Rettig does a good job throwing the ball, they've got a big physical back, they've got good lineman, they've done a real nice job of mixing," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "They've gotten much better on offense and doing a real nice job."

Through the air

Player to watch:

QB Chase Rettig (Jr.)

2012 Passing: 113-199, 1,531 yards, 10 TDs, 3 interceptions

Most of the Eagles' offensive success has come through the air this season. At 311.8 yards per game, BC has the second-best passing offense in the conference behind Clemson.

Junior Chase Rettig is completing 56.8 percent of his passes, and ranks fifth in the ACC with a passer efficiency rating of 134.8.

Fellow junior Alex Amidon is the team's leading receiver with 38 receptions for 644 yards and four touchdowns. Jonathan Coleman has 15 receptions for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

Pass protection has been a problem at times for BC this season, as it has allowed 11 sacks in five games. Of the 108 first downs the Eagles have picked up this season, a whopping 69 have come via passing plays.

Pounding the ground

Player to watch:

RB Andre Williams (Jr.)

2012 Rushing: 79 rushes for 379 yards and 4 TDs

With Seminole-killer Montel Harris dismissed from the team over the summer for a violation of team rules, there isn't much for FSU to fear from the BC ground game.

The Eagles are averaging just 107.8 yards per game on the ground, and just 3.5 per rushing attempt.

Andre Williams leads the team with 379 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Rolandan Finch is second on the team with 114 yards on 25 carries, with an average of 4.6 yards per carry.

Amidon is the only Eagle other than Williams to score on the ground this season. Only Maryland, with an average of 86 yards per game, has worse rushing attack in the ACC than BC.

Getting defensive

Player to watch:

MLB Nick Clancy (Sr.)

2012 Stats: 68 tackles, 39 solo and four pass breakups.

Once again it is an Eagle defender leading the ACC in tackles. This time it's senior middle linebacker Nick Clancy, with 68 stops. Fellow linebacker Steele Divitto isn't far behind with 52 tackles, 33 solo and two fumble recoveries.

Yet all the stops by Clancy and Divitto haven't added up to much defensive success for BC. Opponents are averaging 473.8 yards of total offense per game, including 261 yards per game on the ground. Teams average 5.2 yards per carry against BC.

Defensive back Sean Sylvia has played a little bit of everything for the Eagles this year with starts at both cornerback and free safety. The sophomore has 48 tackles, 32 solo, just 0.5 for loss and an interception this season.

BC has four interceptions this season and teams are averaging 212.8 yards passing per game this season. Opponents have scored just four times through the air on the Eagles, which is surprising considering that they haven't generated much of a pass rush with a measly four sacks all season.

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