Dabo Swinney made headlines when it was revealed that he ranked Ohio State – Clemson’s opponent in the College Football Playoff semifinal – No. 11 in the final Coaches’ Poll of the regular season.

When asked about it by the media, Swinney made one thing clear.

“If people have a problem with it, I don’t really care. It’s my poll,” said the Clemson head coach.

As he has done repeatedly, Swinney clarified that his ranking is not because he feels Ohio State is not a good football team, but because they have only played six games.

“It’s not that they’re not good enough,” said Swinney. “I just don’t think it’s right that three teams have to play 13 games to be the champion and one team has to play eight.

“There’s no question Ohio State is good enough to beat us,” he continued, “They’re good enough to be the national champion. That’s not a question at all.”

Swinney’s attempt to put his low ranking of Ohio State in context likely will not appease Ohio State fans, and could create plenty of bulletin board material for the Buckeyes.