Boston College's only victory so far this season came against Maine, an FCS member. In the ACC losses to Miami and Clemson, the Eagles yielded 86 points and 417 yards rushing combined.
And Florida State likes to run, featuring speedy breakaway threat Chris Thompson — who averages 7.7 yards a carry.
Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel was frustrated by last week's game plan that he felt was too run-oriented against a North Carolina State team that had been having difficulty all season defending the pass.
"I didn't throw the ball as much as I thought we would have," he said.
Much of Boston College's offensive success has come through the air. Junior quarterback Chase Rettig is averaging 306.2 yards passing per game and has 10 touchdown passes against only three interceptions. His primary target, Alex Amidon, has 38 receptions for 644 yards and four touchdowns.
Amidon and his teammates took notice of Florida State's upset loss a week ago.
"It's done all the time," he said. "So why can't we do that?"