It is the beginning of ACC action for both Florida State and Boston College and as expected, the college football odds have the Seminoles as road favorites, but are they the right choice for sports picks?
This is what we will delve into for this conference encounter as a football handicapper and we realize what team can impose their will on the other is the squad most likely to be the right choice for college football picks.
When Florida State Has the Ball
Coach Jimbo Fisher is a quick study when it comes to quarterbacks and has a very good feel to understand their capabilities, both good and bad. He was pleased Everett Golson decided to transfer to Tallahassee because he wanted an experienced field general.
Nevertheless, he also saw right away Golson is not the best decision-maker and having to rely on him to be a consistent passer was not going to give Florida State the best chance to win. Instead, he will work with Golson to not force the ball and lean on talented running back Dalvin Cook, who is coming off 266 yard performance on 30 carries. While Fisher is saying he’s comfortable with Cook having that many attempts, he knows he has to develop depth behind him, especially against a physical outfit like Boston College.
The Eagles have played Maine and Howard, leaving us little to be learned on how Boston College might play in this contest. Here is what we do know, B.C. only had two returning players on offense. They settled on sophomore Darius Wade as their quarterback and have used five different running backs who have 10 or more carries, though part of this is a function of their opponents. Joe Hiliman is the starter and is a between the tackles runner, with others having more speed and explosiveness.
Coach Steve Addazio knows he has to control the game with the run and pass effectively enough to eat up the clock and score touchdowns when inside the red zone.
First-year defensive coach Brad Lawing is in charge of the defensive ends and outside linebackers for Florida State. His job in this contest is to make certain his guys do not allow Boston College to run outside the C-gaps and hold contain at all cost. If Boston College does have success running inside the tackles, he will have his guys jumping gaps to create penetration, looking to make negative plays.