The ‘Noles fly up north to challenge the Eagles of Boston College.
With the season fast approaching, and College Football rolling full-steam ahead with current scheduling and formatting, fans are eager to hit the stands and cheer on their favorite team. 2021 is a year of much anticipation after the Coronavirus pandemic crippled schedules and limited capacity in stadiums. The Florida State Seminoles were one such program affected by the 2020 season. Several games were cancelled, rivalries were sidelined, and a new coaching staff was stalled in their ability to effectively recruit and implement their scheme.
Drama ensued, injuries took course, and opt-outs effectively hindered what amounts to a legitimate Year 0 in the Norvell era. Think of 2020 as a glorified practice run. Going 3-6 (out of 11 games), the year showed the mountain set before this staff and program in their CLIMB back to the top. Still, there were highlights and gradual improvement over the course of the season, and legitimate offseason hype as the ‘Noles are seemingly back-on-track.
The offseason is still in-effect across College Football, but with the recruiting dead period now over, a season in 2020 to evaluate personnel and conditions within the program, and a vision now to sell to the team, the fans, and recruits, it is fair to say that 2021 is Mike Norvell’s Year 1.
The training wheels are off, and for the Seminole faithful, it’s now time to preview our upcoming season’s opponents.
Game Eleven: Boston College
Head Coach: Jeff Hafley (Head Coach record of 6-5 in Collegiate Football)
Mascot: Baldwin the Eagle
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
2020 Record: 6-5
History vs Florida State:
The similarities between Boston College and Florida State start, and end, with the football uniforms. The history between these two programs is brief and (mostly) lopsided. The Eagles won the first game between the two programs in 1957, and after two Seminole victories in ’76 and ’80 the two did not play one-another again until Boston College joined the ACC in 2005. The Seminoles have run away with the series since then, leading the all time record 12-5. The Seminoles currently have a two game winning streak against the Eagles.
Both programs introduced new head coaches to begin the 2020 season, however neither divisional foe played against each other in the 2020 season due to schedule revisions (compliments of the ACC).
Eagle Storylines to Follow:
Dynamic Receivers Plus a Run Game
Boston College took the college football world by storm in 2020, surprising fellow conference teams in the ACC with their offensive production under new head coach Jeff Hafley. Turning the corner in 2021, the offense looks to improve entering the season, with returning quarterback Phil Jurkovec taking full control of the reigns.
Included at the skill positions are running backs Alec Sinkfield and Travis Levy (both grad transfers), both of whom are expected to elevate the run game for the Eagles offense in 2021 after such a heavy emphasis was placed on the pass game in 2020. Both being qualified receivers in their own right, the anticipation at running back has been mounting with these two taking the field. Xavier Coleman is also expected to be a contributor to the run game.
The wide receiver and tight end positions are considered to be the most dynamic and deep positions at Boston College entering 2021. Included in the conversation are freshman wide receivers Jaden Williams and Lewis Bond both sparked the offense in pre-season camps. Jaden Williams, especially, is distinguishing himself as part of the starting rotation for Boston College when the season tips off. Ethon Williams is another, more experienced, wide receiver that brings leadership qualities to the rotation.
Critical Injuries Along the DL
Boston College has a bit of an injury bug along the defensive line this fall camp, including a season-ending injury for DT Chibueze Onwuka, a graduate transfer from Buffalo. The level of production Chibueze afforded Boston College now forces the team in a situation where they’ll depend more on talented freshman Cam Horsley, Temple transfer Khris Banks, and veteran tackles TJ Rayam and Ryan Betro. The position in question has seen further injuries at DT, which leaves this position vulnerable due to the lack of depth. Thankfully for Boston College, their opening OOC games include games against Colgate, UMass, and Temple. This should afford the Eagles some time to recover at the position.
A Familiar Face
‘Noles might recognize Jaiden Lars-Woodbey as a former Seminole who was once considered to be a potential star for the Garnet & Gold. However, with a season-ending injury in 2019 and less-than-stellar 2020 campaign, Jaiden made a decision that was in his own best interest. With transferring to Boston College, Jaiden Lars-Woodbey has up to two years of eligibility remaining, and at safety position, should be considered an immediate asset to Boston College at defense.
The Seminoles play at Alumni Stadium against Boston College on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. Game time and television broadcast still TBD.
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