--Senior WR Alex Amidon, clearly BC's top weapon through the air and leading the ACC with 18 receptions coming in, was limited to two catches for 23 yards in the loss to the Trojans. He now faces a very tough Florida State defense. Amidon enters play this week fourth in the ACC with his 20 catches.
--Senior K/P Nate Freese, who has added punting to his duties this season, had a big day out in Los Angeles. He averaged 50.4 yards per kick on eight punts, including a 63-yarder. Career-wise, Freese, who had some tough misses as a freshman, is 52 of 63 on field goal attempts, with his .825 percentage ranking fifth in the country among active kickers.
--LB Kevin Pierre-Louis had been leading the conference in tackles but is now second in the ACC with 9.3 stops per game. Remember, the Eagles have had the conference leader in tackles each of the last four years: Luke Kuechly did it three straight seasons and Nick Clancy followed in 2012.
--Florida State's running backs. A lot will be made about Boston College's ACC-leading RB Andre Williams coming into this game, but any three of Florida State's studs in the backfield could likely be challenging for the conference's top spot if coach Jimbo Fisher didn't spread the carries around. Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins called FSU's trio of Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr. and Karlos Williams a "three-headed monster," and they're averaging 266 yards per game -- second best in the ACC -- while sharing the load equally. Wilder led the Seminoles in their Week 1 win over Pitt, then it was Williams emerging as the leading rusher in Week 2 against Nevada, and Freeman was top dog last week against Bethune-Cookman -- although Williams scored a team-high two touchdowns in that game. Fisher surprisingly converted Williams from safety to running back after the season opener, and now it may be Williams who's emerging as the biggest threat of them all. And despite coming in as the third option during his first two collegiate games at running back, Williams may soon see just as must action as Wilder and Freeman based on his recent performances. "When we put him in the game (last week), we did some different things and I called some things on purpose to see how he would handle it. He handled the adjustments -- pass protections, routes and different things -- extremely well," Fisher said of Williams, who was the No. 5 overall recruit in the nation out of Ridge Community (Fla.) High School, where he starred at both defensive back and running back. "I'm very comfortable that he'll play at any time."
--Florida State's rising defensive stars. FSU senior DB Terrance Brooks said this week that everyone knows the "the best player" will play each week at any given position, and soon several Seminoles underclassmen may be seeing significant playing time over veterans on the defense. Redshirt freshman DE Chris Casher and redshirt sophomore LB Terrance Smith accounted for 22 total tackles in last week's win (Smith 12, Casher 10), and Smith added his first career sack. Also getting their first career sacks in the game were freshmen Matthew Thomas and Jalen Ramsey, and all four players -- as well as Jacobbi McDaniel, Derrick Mitchell, Nile Lawrernce-Stample, Demonte McAllister, Ukeme Eligwe and Justin Shanks -- drew Fisher's praise this week, along with the coach's assurance they'll see more playing time as the season progresses. "It's just about technique and assignments and just getting the playing time to relax and do what you do and taking it from the practice field to the game field, and you see that more and more -- you see that and are much more comfortable getting them reps and keep developing," Fisher said. "We are going to keep developing those guys."