|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Florida State Seminoles are still undefeated at 11-0 but their status at #3 on the college playoff ranking could be in jeopardy. This came from how they struggled to get a victory in their game with Boston College. The Seminoles were 20.5-point favorites over the Eagles but they could not even score more than 20 points as they defeated the Eagles 20-17 in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles never trailed in the game but they never had an advantage of more than seven points during the match. While they started with a touchdown run from Karlos Williams at the start of the match, the Eagles had a 40-yard field goal from Mike Knoll right after that.
The Seminoles had a 10-3 lead in the second but Jameis Winston was intercepted by Ty-Meer Brown to lead the Eagles to a 49-yard touchdown pass to Shakim Phillips. The Seminoles responded two minutes later with a touchdown pass to Nick O'Leary.
Boston College tied the game in the third with a Tyler Murphy touchdown run. The Seminoles' Roberto Aquayo missed a 40-yard field goal on the next possession. The Seminoles defense held the Eagles to one first down on their next possession.
The Eagles had a big opportunity for the win in the fourth quarter and went 67 yards down the field in nearly nine minutes, converting three third downs in the process. However, Alex Howell missed a 40-yard field goal at the end of the drive. The Seminoles then got four first downs on their resulting possession to bring in Aquayo for a completed 26-yard field goal.
The Eagles had a big attempt to win as they went 8-14 on third downs and had 240 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston went 22-23 with 281 passing yards while the Eagles only went for 73 passing yards.
The 6-5 Eagles are still bowl-eligible. The Seminoles clinched the ACC Atlantic title and will face off against Georgia Tech for the ACC title on December 6 in Charlotte. One positive for the Seminoles is that they are still leading the AP poll with 37 first-place votes.