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Maryland fans might get encouraged at how Boston College ran through the Seminoles for 176 yards last weekend.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has likened Maryland's offense to Boston College's. Both, he says, are big and physical up front. Boston College is fourth in the ACC in rushing offense, and Maryland is fifth.

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But Florida State's defense is good. Its strength is pressure and big plays. The Seminoles rank first in the conference in sacks at 2.9 per game and first in tackles for losses at 8.5 a game. Owing largely to that pressure, the 'Noles are second in the conference in pass defense.

On offense, Florida State averages 192 yards on the ground -- second in the ACC only to run-happy Georgia Tech.

Boston College beat the 'Noles last week not only because of its running attack, but also because the Eagles intercepted Christian Ponder three times.

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