It was supposed to be the biggest game of the year for the Boston College Eagles. Instead, it's another bump in the road on the way to a losing season (at least, most likely). BC hosts the ACC rival Florida St. Seminoles under the lights at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday at Alumni Stadium in front of a national audience in Chestnut Hill, MA (TV/Radio: ESPN/WEEI).
BC trails the all-time series against Florida State, 5-4, with Thursday night's game marking the 10th meeting between the two programs. FSU is 4-2 against BC since the Eagles joined the ACC back in 2005. In fact, the Seminoles were the first ACC opponent the Eagles faced as a member of the conference, beating BC 28-17 on September 17. In the last meeting, the Seminoles bested the Eagles, 24-19 at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 16, 2010. The last time that BC defeated FSU was in 2009 when the Eagles posted a 28-21 win.
Boston College enters the game at 2-6 (1-5 ACC) and is dead last in the ACC Atlantic Division. The Eagles are coming off their second win of the season and their first FBS victory against Maryland. Rolandan Finch put forth a monster effort, rushing for 243 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries as BC bested Maryland, 28-17, last Saturday. Chase Rettig threw for a mere 32 yards and tossed one interception on 5-of-12 passing.
Florida State (5-3, 3-2 ACC) is third in the ACC Atlantic Division and is coming off of a 34-0 blanking of the N.C. State Wolfpack last weekend. E.J. Manuel threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-34 passing Jermaine Thomas rushed for 48 yards on 11 carries and Greg Dent had three catches for 70 yards and one touchdown for FSU.