The Noles return home to face the Boston College Eagles.
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. 2022 is a do-or-die season for Mike Norvell’s tenure at Florida State. While there was much to be proud of in FSU’s 2021 campaign, the 0-4 record, including a shocking loss to Jacksonville State, has left many speculating whether Norvell is the man for the job. Winning more than 6 games this season might be what it takes to demonstrate that the CLIMB is more than just rhetoric on Norvell’s part. To generate a buzz and momentum on the trail, the Seminoles must showcase their growth in wins this season.
It’s now or never, and for the Seminole faithful, it’s now time to preview our upcoming season’s opponents.
Game Four: Boston College
Head Coach: Jeff Hafley (HC Record 12-11 )
2021 Record: 6-6
History vs Florida State:
While the actual history between Florida State and Boston College is rather lopsided (in favor of the Seminoles), the details paint a different story. Prior to joining the ACC as a full member in 2005, the Noles and Eagles only faced each other on three occasions. The first game was a win for BC, earning victory at the tune of 20-7 at Chestnut Hill. The next two wins were in favor of the Seminoles, one in 1976 and once in 1980, and split between Chestnut Hill and Tallahassee, respectfully. Since joining the ACC, Boston College played Florida State every season until the 2020 COVID season. In that stretch, the Noles won 10 of 14 matchups (technically they won 11 games, but the NCAA vacated the 2007 win). This past season, Mike Norvell lead Florida State to victory on the road, winning 26-23.
Boston College Storylines to Follow
Another ACC Atlantic QB
The Noles have yet another talented signal-caller they will face this season in Junior QB Phil Jurkovec, who returns after a 2021 campaign that an injury had a significant impact on. After suffering an injury against UMass in early September of the 2021 season, Phil returned against Virginia Tech in Boston College’s first November matchup, winning the game 41-30. Accounting for only six games he appeared in, Phil’s 2021 campaign includes a 54.2% completion percentage, good for 914 yards, at a 9.5-yard average, and 7 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. In rushing attempts, Phil went for 322 yards on 50 attempts, averaging 6.4 yards per possession, for 5 touchdowns.
Against Florida State in 2021, Phil only converted 41.7% of his pass attempts, for a total of 148 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Phil rushed on 17 attempts, for a total of 59 yards, averaging just 3.5 yards per attempt and 1 touchdown.
Devastated OL Room
The most significant issue for Boston College entering 2022 is the lack of returning starters along the offensive line. With a season-ending injury that OL Christian Mahogany sustained this offseason, there isn’t a single returning starter along their offensive line. This means that all five starters entering 2022 will be new to the starting rotation. Amongst this rotation, only two players (Ozzy Trapilo and Jack Conley) have started a game for Boston College. Furthermore, the offensive line coach (Dave DeGuglielmo) is new to the staff, and must now swiftly identify solutions along the line to enable their star quarterback the time needed to effectively run the Eagle’s offense.
Questions on Defense
For Boston College to see success on the season, they will need to see improvement along their defensive line. In 2021, the Eagles ranked 92nd in rushing defense, surrendering 170.8 yards per game. Additionally, the line struggled to reach the quarterback in 2021, tieing for 96th in sacks per game.
On the flip side, the Eagle’s secondary ranked 3rd nationally in pass defense for the 2021 season, accounting for an average of 173.5 yards in the air per game. They return a majority of their starters in the secondary, and the entire defensive staff return to coach up a unit that has seen sustained growth through Hafley’s tenure as Head Coach.
It will be up to the staff, and the consistency of returning talent on defense, to shore up the run defense and continue to maintain their pass defense. Without making strides on these fronts, Boston College could be in for a rough season in 2022.
The Seminoles will host the Eagles on Saturday, September 24th, 2022 in Doak Campbell Stadium. The broadcast and kickoff times remain TBD. Tickets can be purchased directly from Seminoles.com.
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