The Florida State Seminoles are set to take on Boston College Friday night. What looked like in the pre-season, as a possible trap game for the Noles, now looks like a must win.
Coming off of a tough loss at home to Louisville, the Noles are looking to bounce back and here are a few things to watch.
With Jacques Patrick now out for the season the offensive backfield is being run by the true freshmen. With Deondre Francois expected back next year, QB James Blackman is just holding down his spot. Fellow freshman Cam Akers (above), on the other hand, can solidify his role as the lead back for the next few years. With 454 yards on just 87 carries, Akers averaging 5.2 yards a carry and his numbers should only go up.
Everyone has been waiting for this defense to dominate a game for four quarters. With the offense being crippled by a new injury seemingly every week, the time is now for the defense. With so much talent on the unit can they put the team on their back with a stout performance? Coordinator Charles Kelly needs his unit to step with the “boo birds” coming out every week. He could very well be coaching for his job the rest of the way.
With the Noles traveling to Boston weather may play a part in this match-up. Though it won’t be snowing during the game, the cold weather will still play a factor. The northernmost game they have played was vs. Duke so it will be interesting to see how the Noles look. The Eagles meanwhile come off of back to back road wins at Louisville and a blowout of Virginia.
On the Injury front, it will be interesting to see if star WR Auden Tate plays. Coming off another injury in FSU’s game last Saturday and a short week ,can the playmaker be there for the struggling offense?
To make a bowl game this is almost a must win for the Noles. With the game in the national spotlight, the Noles can show the nation they are not dead, just yet.
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