Florida State vs. Boston College: Seminoles Dominant On The Road In The Cold

Florida State ransacked Boston College on Thursday, despite four days rest and 1,100 miles of travel.

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College Football Rankings: LSU Tops USA Today Poll, Florida State Falls Just Outside Top 25

The LSU Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday evening in National Championship Game 1.0, and with the win took complete control of the Week 11 USA Today Coaches Poll, garnering all 59 first-place votes. Alabama fell to fourth place in the rankings with the loss.

The Stanford Cardinal are now the No. 2 in the USA Today poll, followed by Mike Gundy's high-scoring Oklahoma State Cowboys at No. 3, the Crimson Tide at No. 4 and the undefeated Boise State Broncos in the fifth slot.

The Florida State Seminoles, fresh off a 38-7 dismantling of the Boston College Eagles, would be ranked No. 27, if the poll worked that way. The Seminoles were second behind Arizona State in the "others receiving votes" category, grabbing 44 votes in the Week 11 rankings.

Complete Week 11 USA Today Coaches Poll can be found here:

1 LSU
2 Stanford
3 Oklahoma State
4 Alabama
5 Boise State
6 Oregon
7 Oklahoma
8 Arkansas
9 Virginia Tech
10 Clemson
11 Houston
12 Penn State
13 Michigan State
14 Wisconsin
15 South Carolina
16 Georgia
17 Nebraska
18 Cincinnati
19 Georgia Tech
20 Texas
21 Michigan
22 Kansas State
23 Southern Miss
24 TCU
25 Auburn

For more Week 11 college football rankings, check out SB Nation's college football hub. For all your Florida State news and notes, pop over to Tomahawk Nation.

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2011 Bowl Predictions: Florida Currently Slotted For Gator Bowl, Florida State For Champs Bowl

Florida State's 38-7 demolition of the Boston College Eagles got the Seminoles to six wins on the season, and bowl eligibility. Currently, Floirda State is predicted to play in the Champs Sports Bowl in late December against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. For pure nostalgia sake, that game would be a doozy. Perhaps even let Bobby Bowden and Lou Holtz perform the ceremonial coin flip if the bowl matchups shake up according to plan.

The Florida Gators escaped with a 26-21 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, and now stand just one win from bowl eligibility at 5-4. The Gators have struggled this season, mainly due to the injury of veteran starting quarterback John Brantley, but should be able to grab a win in one of their final three games, the last being a matchup with the Seminoles to end the regular season.

Here are current bowl projections for Florida and Florida State:

Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 29, 2011

Florida State vs. Notre Dame

Gator Bowl, Jan. 2, 2012

Penn State vs. Florida

For more 2011 bowl projections, check out SB Nation's college football hub. For a complete bowl schedule, click here. For more on the Gators, be sure to visit Alligator Army. For all your Florida State news and notes, pop over to Tomahawk Nation.

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Florida State Embarrasses Boston College On Prime Time Television

In the first half Florida State was untouchable. The Seminoles outgained Boston College by 198 yards of offense by the end of the first half. Veteran reciever Bert Reed had chemistry with QB E.J. Manuel all night long and the Seminoles had posted 28 points before Boston College had a first down.

Boston College did not find a first down until there was five minutes left in the second quarter. Until then the Eagles had run 14 plays for -2 yards. Star sophomore runningback Rolandan "Deuce" Finch, who ran for a career-high 243 yards last week against Maryland, carried the ball 12 times in the first half for 5 yards and fumbled twice, at the Boston College 7 and the Florida State 2. By the end of the night he was limited to 59 yards on 28 carries.

Quarterback Chase Rettig was so completely ineffective that he was replaced by redshirt freshman Josh Bordner. Making his season debut midway through the second quarter, it was Bordner who led the Eagles to their initial first down and gave the offense their first scoring opportunity before Finch fumbled. (Truly, it was a bad handoff, but the record books blame Finch). All in all, the Eagles had four turnovers on the night, including two interceptions. FSU's defensive end Bjoern Werner and linebacker Telvin Smith, both sophomores and both visually dominant on the D-line.

Tomahawk helmet stickers will certainly be given to the Florida State offensive line as well. Devonta Freeman, FSU's freshman runningback, had much support this week as the O-line created running lanes across the line of scrimmage and give him huge opportunities in the red zone. The O-line struggled early this year, and safety blitzes from the outside corners was a problem all night, but this week continued to show vast improvement for the Noles. 

Most notably for the Seminoles, we saw freshman Nick O'Leary step up. FSU has played without a tight end all year, and O'Leary could be the answer. He had three receptions for 87 yards to double his season total, one of which was a bomb down the right side of the field for 58 yards. His mobility was clear as he weaved the line of scrimmage and found gaps, distracting the Eagle defense quite well. The Seminole offense didn't really try in the second half, but the defense kept up their energy, allowing a mere seven points.

With this victory, Florida State has qualified for a bowl game for the 30th consecutive year. Contrariwise, Boston College's loss removes them from bowl contention for the first time since joining the ACC and ends a 12 year run.

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Florida State Vs. Boston College Final Score: Seminoles Roll, 38-7

After a dominant first half, Florida State needed only to cruise in the second half against Boston College. That's more or less what the Seminoles did, throttling down to second gear after a 28-0 halftime lead for a 38-7 victory in Chestnut Hill.

E.J. Manuel paced the 'Noles through the air and on the ground, passing for 180 yards and a touchdown and running for another 37 against a tough rush defense. Devonta Freeman had 62 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Nick O'Leary led Florida State with 87 receiving yards.

BC has little to hang its hat on after this one, having gained just 207 yards of offense and given Florida State four turnovers.

The victory moves Florida State to 6-3 in 2011, and drops the Eagles to 2-7, making them ineligible to play in a bowl at the end of the season.

For more on the Seminoles, visit Tomahawk Nation.

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Florida State Vs. Boston College Halftime Score: Seminoles Dominating, 28-0

Florida State looked like an overwhelming favorite entering its Thursday night clash with Boston College. And the Seminoles are living up to every bit of that billing, rolling up a 28-0 halftime lead. The scariest thing? That halftime score might not fully convey the dominance.

The 'Noles scored one touchdown in the first quarter and three in the second, and have 214 yards of total offense. E.J. Manuel has thrown for 114 yards and a touchdown, and run for another; Devonta Freeman has two rushing touchdowns of his own. Florida State's offense has had its way with the Eagles' defense.

But the 'Noles' defense has been much, much better against BC's ramshackle offense. FSU conceded just 90 yards in the first half, and no third down conversions. The 'Noles also forced two turnovers, both fumble recoveries, and limited Chase Rettig to 26 passing yards.

About the only good news for the Eagles? There are only two quarters of this left.

For more on the Seminoles, visit Tomahawk Nation.

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Florida State Vs. Boston College Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Florida State Seminoles will travel all the way up the East Coast this evening to take on the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill. It will be another chance for the Seminoles to inch back towards National respectability, but the Eagles will come in with a lot of confidence after dismantling the Maryland Terrapins last weekend. Here is all the info on the game.

 

Who: Florida State Vs. Boston College

Where: Alumni Stadium

When: 8:00 PM EST

TV Information: ESPN & ESPN3.

Spread: Florida State by 16

Last Game: Florida State beat the North Carolina Wolfpack 34-0 last weekend, while Boston College dispatched the Maryland Terrapins 28-17.

Last Season: Boston College lost a close game to then ranked Florida State in Tallahassee 24-19. Despite three interceptions by now Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, the Seminoles were able to get just enough offense to pull out an unlikely win.

For more on the Florida State Seminoles, check out Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Boston College Eagles, head over to BC Interruption.

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Odds Heavily Favor Seminoles

The Florida St. Seminoles (5-3, 2-2) visit the Boston College Eagles (2-6, 1-4) on Thursday evening, aiming to pick up their fourth consecutive win and continue their climb in the ACC ranks.

As one might expect, given the records of the teams involved, FSU is the heavy favorite: according to SB Nation partner OddsShark, oddsmakers favored the Seminoles by 16 points when betting opened, despite the fact that they'll be playing in the cold on just four days' rest. The line has shrunk in the days since, but not by much: all outlets favor Florida State by at least two touchdowns.

One of the Eagles' two wins came against the non-major Massachusetts Minutemen. However, they can pick up their first winning streak of the season if they upset Florida State on Thursday, as they dispatched the Maryland Terrapins, 28-17, in their last outing.

When these two teams met last season, the then No.-16 'Noles came from behind to defeat Boston College. Bert Reed's 42-yard touchdown dash put FSU ahead, 24-19, with 10:50 remaining in the game, and FSU's defense kept Boston College off the scoreboard the rest of the way. The Seminoles' all-time record against the Eagles is 5-4.

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Game Preview: Thursday Night Football In The Cold

Predicting a win on 4 days rest in the cold against the pitiful Boston College Eagles.

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