By Brad Carroll
Week 3 of the college football season has a host of blockbuster matchups come Saturday, with four games featuring ranked teams squaring off, and another a nationally televised primetime showdown between two long-time rivals. But before we get to those games, which we will preview and pick against the spread on this website, let's take a look at the Friday night matchup between No. 9 Florida State and Boston College. (Read our Thursday preview and picks of Clemson-Louisville here.)
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No. 9 Florida State at Boston College, 8 p.m., ESPN
The Spread: Florida State -8; Boston College +8
Brad's Analysis: If you look at scores alone, Boston College has been one of, if not the most impressive college football team in the nation. The Eagles have outscored their two opponents this season by a combined score of 100-3, averaging 421 yards of offense and allowing just 51 (yes, 51) yards per game on defense. But, of course, when the opponents are revealed to be Maine and Howard, the numbers just don't have the same effect. Florida State hasn't been that impressive on the scoreboard this season, with last week's 34-14 victory over South Florida being a dud, as the Seminoles were favored by more than four touchdowns. Everett Golson, the former Notre Dame quarterback, was simply average against the Bulls, completing 14-of-26 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. Before coming through with a big second half, Golson was just 1-for-9 for six yards in the first two quarters, simply terrible numbers. The main weapon for Florida State was running back Dalvin Cook, who had 30 carries for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Cook should have another big game against Boston College on the road, and even though the Eagles play the Seminoles tough, including last year's 20-17 loss on a last-second field goal by FSU, that running game should be enough to lead lead Florida State to a comfortable win.
Brad's Pick: Florida State 31, Boston College 21
Craig's Pick: Florida State 31, Boston College 21
Glenn's Pick: Florida State 38, Boston College 20
Matt's Pick: Florida State 41, Boston College 20