Florida State sophomore running back Dalvin Cook looks to continue shredding defenses while taking pressure off quarterback Everett Golson as the No. 6 Seminoles visit Boston College on Friday in the ACC opener for both teams. Cook rushed for 422 yards and five touchdowns in his first two games – including 266 yards and three scores on 30 carries in Florida State’s 34-14 victory over USF last week – and is well on his way to surpassing his freshman totals of 1,008 and eight.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said he wasn’t planning to have Cook run 30 times but told reporters “if he’s hot like that and he can finish, we’re going to continue to give it to him.” Florida State tries for its sixth straight victory over the Eagles but must figure out a way to start quicker on offense – a point of emphasis in Monday’s practice – as it’s scored 28 of its 93 points in the first half. Golson, who transferred after graduating from Notre Dame, is 33-of-51 for 465 yards without an interception, and his five touchdowns all have come in the second half. Boston College outscored FCS members Maine and Howard 100-3 and has allowed only 102 yards of total offense in its first two games as it tries to upset a ranked opponent at home in its third game for the second straight season after defeating No. 10 USC 37-31.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
LINE HISTORY: Books opened FSU as 8-point road faves, but that is currently FSU –9. The total is down to 46.5 after opening 51.
INJURY REPORT: Florida State – OL Cole Minshew (Out, ankle), DE Chris Casher (Out, knee), DE Lorenzo Featherston (Out indefinitely, knee). Boston College – LB Tim Joy (Questionable, knee).
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with wind blowing from the south at around six miles per our.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Boston College comes into this game with a 2-0 SU record, but the Eagles have played a pair of weak FCS teams. They beat Maine and Howard by a combined score of 100-3, but the Eagles are now taking a monumental step-up in class versus Florida State. Boston College is expected to have a down season, and their first two big wins will not be indicative of how their season will turn out going forward.” Covers Expert Steve Merril.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We opened FSU as 9-point faves in this matchup and it has bounced -9 and -8 through the week finally settling in our current number of FSU -8.5 with good two-way action with BC getting 48 percent of that action to cover the spread.” Michael Stewart, CarbonSports.ag.
ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U): While the offense has scored on all 11 second-half possessions this season, the defense has held its first two opponents to fewer than 300 yards – an achievement accomplished only three times in 2014. Sophomore defensive back and All-America candidate Jalen Ramsey already has broken up four passes this season – most among ACC players – and allowed only one completion while being targeted 12 times. Sophomore linebacker Ro’Derrick Hoskins recorded seven tackles against USF, and his 10 this season give him a share of the team lead with sophomore linebacker Jacob Pugh.
ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U): The Eagles tried to simulate the Seminoles’ speed by pitting their top units against each other at Monday’s practice. “There can’t be a bunch of mistakes, a bunch of penalties. You can’t get shocked by the speed of the game,” coach Steve Addazio said at his weekly press conference. Boston College didn’t get the feel of a big-time game in its 76-0 victory Howard last week in a contest shortened to 10-minute quarters in the second half by mutual agreement.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Boston College.
* Seminoles are 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games.
* Over is 6-1 in Seminoles’ last seven road games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Fifty-three percent of Covers users are backing Florida State.