October 19, 2006

Ryan is key to FSU game

A season is never decided by just one game. However, this weekend's showdown between #21 ranked Boston College (5-1, 2-1) and Florida State (4-2, 2-2) is going to go a long way in determining which one of these teams could get to be playing their bowl game in January. For BC, it also is a game that if they lose, could cost the team a shot at playing in the ACC Championship game, and could ultimately cost the school some big money. So, there's not too much pressure on the Eagles this week right?

Last season, FSU came to Chestnut Hill and defeated BC 28-17, in a game that was even closer than the score indicated. Former BC quarterback Quinton Porter had a lot to do with the loss, as he threw interceptions on the 1st two drives of the game, to put BC in a 14-0 hole. If Matt Ryan was playing the entire game would the Eagles have won? I think you could ask that question with regards to at least two of their losses last season.

The big question coming into Saturday is whether or not Matt Ryan will be able to play. He has been able to practice a little bit this week, so that's a positive sign for BC that he will be able to play Saturday. If he can't go, Chris Crane will get the start for the Eagles….more on that upcoming in the preview.

Even though it's only the midpoint in the season, BC and FSU have two common opponents already, Clemson and North Carolina State. Both teams lost their games at NC State (BC by 2, FSU by 4), while BC defeated Clemson by 1, and FSU lost to them by 7. Is there anything to be gained by that comparison? Yes, BC and FSU are very equal with each other.

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