KICKOFF: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
GAME DATE: 9/28/13
SITE: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
SERIES: Florida leads 7-4.
AP RANKINGS: Florida State, No. 8
KEYS TO THE GAME
It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for the Eagles after their bye week.
Traveling all the way across the country to get hammered by USC is one thing, but BC, coming off the first of two 2013 bye weeks, now has to face No. 8 Florida State.
The Seminoles, who clobbered the Eagles 51-7 in Tallahassee last year, are 3-0 and come in as at least a 21-point favorite to drop the Eagles to 2-2 at the start of the Steve Addazio Era at Chestnut Hill.
"We've made a lot of progress. I'm not going to let one game wipe out the progress that we've made," Addazio said after the 35-7 loss at USC. "That's not right. There is a lot of progress. There are a lot of good things."
Progress may be a tough word to use with this opponent coming in. The Eagles host Army on Oct. 5 in a game that will test the defense playing against the Black Knights' option attack. But that playing field will be an even one. Florida State figures to be a whole different story.
Florida State (3-0, 1-0) has outscored Pitt, Nevada and Bethune-Cookman a combined 157-26 in three wins to open the season while steadily climbing the top-25 rankings. So that partly explains why FSU enters Saturday's game as a 21-point road favorite despite the Eagles boasting the ACC's top running back in Andre Williams.
"They like to run and we like to hit," Seminoles defensive back Terrance Brooks said with a smile. "So we'll see how that turns out."
The 12th meeting in program history on Saturday will mark Florida State's second of two ACC road games to begin the season. But regardless of venue or opponent so far, the Seminoles don't seem be fearing anyone.
"We are anxious to get back at it, and we are playing a really good opponent for the second consecutive game," Addazio said Monday. "FSU is one of the top defenses in the country, and without a doubt we are coming off one (defense) two weeks ago that was outstanding."
The Eagles opened the season with home wins over FCS Villanova and Wake Forest, equaling the win total of last season. Then they ran into USC, a team playing with a mission after a home loss to Washington State. But this is a different animal coming to the Heights this weekend.
"I've seen defenses like this when maybe the offense wasn't quite right," Addazio said. "I think this is the most talented whole package I've seen."
FSU comes in averaging 52.3 points per game while giving it up at a rate of just 8.7. Thriving with a freshman quarterback (Jameis Winston), the Noles are averaging 547 yards of total offense per game, and it has been balanced.
BC has lost 11 straight games to top-25 teams since beating No. 17 Virginia Tech on Oct. 18, 2008.
"We'll have our hands full. We have a game in the league, and it's always critical to win on the road," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "You got to beat a good football team. We need to step up and bring our 'A' game."
PLAYERS TO WATCH
--Senior RB Andre Williams had his big start slowed by Southern Cal in BC's last game, and it will be tough for things to get much better with No. 8 Florida State coming to BC this week. Despite running for just 38 yards on 17 carries, Williams is still averaging 118.7 yards per game, which leads the ACC and is fifth in the nation.
--Senior QB Chase Rettig was a non-factor in the loss at USC. The Trojans were able to take his top receiver, Alex Amidon, out of the picture, and the running game was going nowhere. Rettig was just 11 of 24 for 83 yards in the loss. "They did everything we thought they would do," Rettig said. "They just played better than us today." Rettig is sixth in the ACC in passing efficiency.