BOSTON (AP) — It doesn't get any easier for Boston College.
After a humbling 35-7 loss to Southern California in their previous game, the Eagles return from their bye week to play No. 8 Florida State on Saturday. It will be the first ranked opponent for new BC coach Steve Addazio since arriving in Chestnut Hill, and the Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are the defending conference champions.
BC defensive lineman Kasim Edibali called it a perfect opportunity.
But the Eagles (2-1, 1-0) are still trying to rebuild a program that won just two games last season and posted double-digit losses for just the second time in school history. Now they face a Florida State team that won its first three games by a combined score of 157-26. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has eight touchdown passes and only 14 incompletions.
Here are five things to watch on Saturday:
STOP THE RUN: Florida State's biggest concern on defense could be Andre Williams, who is the leading rusher in the ACC. He gained 318 yards in BC's first two games, but the Seminoles will look at what Southern Cal did on Sept. 14 to hold him to just 38 yards on 17 carries. "When teams have a powerful running back, a great O-line, then that's when we come in and say, 'OK, it's on us to win this game,'" Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith said. "It's on us to stop these boys up front. That's the challenge we're presented with and that's what we're going to go out and do."
SEMINOLES ON THE GROUND: It could be a long day for Boston College if the Florida State running backs get loose. Devonta Freeman leads the team with 273 yards and two touchdowns on only 28 carries, with two games in a row of at least 100 yards. The BC run defense ranks No. 81 in FBS, allowing more than 177 yards per game.