Will he regret this? Dabo Swinney continues to criticize Ohio State's schedule ahead of Sugar Bowl
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was one of several coaches around the country to criticize Ohio State’s schedule, and lack of games compared to other College Football Playoff contenders.
The one difference between Swinney and the likes of Jimbo Fisher, Lincoln Riley, Dan Mullen and Luke Fickell is his team is actually lining up against the Buckeyes. At a press conference to preview the Sugar Bowl, Swinney continued similar comments he made leading up to the final Playoff ranking announcement.
“I think the games matter. I don’t think it’s right that Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida, Cincinnati got punished because they played more games, these games matter,” Swinney said. “That game against LSU, that was a big deal for Florida. I know we can say, well, yeah, they should be one of the best teams. Well, the game’s not played on paper. You can go back and look at the top 10 preseason rankings every year for the last 20 years, there’s a lot of those teams that finish the season not even ranked. The game’s not played on paper.”
There’s no doubt coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes will use these comments to fuel their motivation against the Tigers. The 6-0 Buckeyes will play the 10-1 Tigers at 8 p.m. ET on Friday on ESPN. Clemson is a 7.5-point favorite.
“I think the games matter. I don’t think it’s right that Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida, Cincinnati got punished because they played more games.”
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) December 30, 2020