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BC has picked off 18 passes this year, tied for tops in Division I-A with UNC. FSU has historically thrown well against BC. Now, how much will FSU throw with three of its top receivers (Taiwan Easterling, Bert Reed and Corey Surrency) suspended?
No. 20 Florida State vs. Boston College, 8 p.m., Ch. 28, 1470-AM, 1040-AM
The Eagles (6-3, 2-3 ACC), the defending Atlantic Division champs, still control their fate in the division. If they close with wins tonight against the Seminoles (7-2, 4-2), then at Wake Forest and against Maryland, they will be in Tampa for the Dec. 6 ACC championship game. That they're in that position is a testament to their defense. BC has pitched three shutouts (Kent State, Rhode Island and Notre Dame last week), tying USC for most in Division I-A. It's allowing an average of just 276.7 yards, ninth in Division I-A, and that begins with the play of senior DTs B.J. Raji and Ron Brace. They're both big (323 and 324 pounds, respectively) but surprisingly agile. They have combined for 13 tackles for loss and six sacks. LB Mark Herzlich (team-high 79 tackles and seven tackles for loss) is having a standout year, too. Offensively, senior QB Chris Crane is no Matt Ryan (who is?), but he has a strong arm (he threw for 428 yards against North Carolina State) and is fairly mobile (he has 187 yards rushing and a team-high seven rushing touchdowns). Brian Landman, Times staff writer