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Keys to victory against BC revolve around the run

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FSU (4-5) will take on Boston College (5-4) in a game that is pivotal to both teams’ postseason. The Seminoles need to win two of their last regular season games to become bowl-eligible. With a game at home against Alabama State next, a guaranteed win, and in-state rival Florida after that, a win against BC would make FSU a virtual lock for the postseason.

Here are the Osceola’s three keys to an FSU victory against Boston College:

  1. Run to Win. Gain 140 or more yards on the ground. FSU is 3-1 when it runs for 140 yards or more in a game. Whether it’s out of the conventional spread-offense packages with Alex Hornibrook at quarterback or from the WildCam, FSU must find success in the run game. Success rushing should allow FSU’s to run more plays. The Seminoles have run 72 or more offensive plays in each of their four wins because it was able to run the ball. In its five losses, FSU exceeded the 72-play mark just once (Wake Forest) and ran an average of 63.7 plays a game in its other four losses. The Seminoles are also 3-2 win they run more plays than their opponents.
  2. Stop the Run. Hold Boston College to less than 47 running plays, to an average of 4.0 yards per running play or less and make them throw the ball at least 30 times. Boston College is 5-0 in games where it has run the ball 48 times or more in a game but 0-4 in games where it has attempted 47 rushing plays or less in a game. They are also 0-3 in games where they have attempted 30 passes or more. Not only must FSU limit the number of times BC feels it should run the ball it also needs to hold BC a lot closer to the Seminole defense’s average of 3.8 yards allowed per rush than the Eagles offense’s average of 5.5 yards per rush.
  3. Stop the Penalties. In a game that is likely to be close FSU will need to cut down on its penalties and play one its most disciplined games of the season. The Seminoles’ 80 penalties are the fifth most in the FBS season and are giving away over 73 yards per game in hidden yardage. FSU must not beat themselves by taking away yardage and/or field position on offense or giving it away on defense.

Comments

  1. Bob Ferrante Reply

    I am looking forward to this game after a long week of coaching discussion. Yes, the job of slowing BC down is made tougher by the loss of Marvin Wilson. But does FSU’s defense show its character and play with heart? We know what BC will do on offense. It’s no surprise. Need to make some stops.

  2. Jim Gladden Reply

    THE MOST IMPORTANT STAT IS FOR OUR OFFENSE TO STAY ON THE FIELD AND KEEP IT AWAY FROM THEIR OFFENSE, WE CAN DO THIS BY GANGING UP ON THE RUN AND MAKE THEM HAVE TO THROW THE BALL, SIMPLE HUH / LOL.

  3. Jerry Kutz Reply

    Great stats which I agree with
    But doing it for the D is easier said than done so I think the FSU offense has at least as much responsibility to force BC to throw the ball. If FSUs offense can get untracked and get up two scores it will eventually force BC out of their run and into the pass

    BCs defense is poor so FSU offense can win this matchup. Touchdowns not field goals

    Defense Must fit in gaps with safeties and linebackers and gang tackle to keep runs from spitting long. Field goals not touchdowns.

    • Patrick Burnham Reply

      The offense should be able to find success against the BC defense and if it can run the ball consistently, which keeps the ball away from BC, FSU chances of winning this game are very good. They should also be able to find some big plays in the pass game. Agreed, its vital FSU take a lead early.

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