Dabo Swinney's early thoughts on facing LSU for the national championship
It will be an All-Tigers national championship, as LSU and Clemson will play in the College Football Playoff final.
Dabo Swinney’s Tigers came from behind to beat Ohio State 29-23, and now, Clemson gets a date with the best team in college football for 2019.
The Clemson head coach joined SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt after beating the Buckeyes, and Swinney was asked about facing LSU.
“Well, we’re No. 3 right now, and they’re No. 1,” Swinney said embracing the underdog role. “I said all year that it’s going to take 30-0 for us to win the national championship this year. We’re going to have to go 30-0, and that’s what we’re going to have to do.
“If we’re going to win it, we’re going to have to go to their place. I mean, this is epic to go to Louisiana. We’ve never won in New Orleans. We haven’t won a Playoff game in New Orleans. We haven’t won a Sugar Bowl. So, now you got to go play LSU, who is unbelievable by the way. I’ve seen them a few times. They’re amazing.
“We are the underdog, and we should be the underdog. They’re an incredible team. They’ve had a great year.”
One of the matchups we’re excited to see the most is the Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow against Clemson’s aggressive defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Burrow will be blitzed more in one game than he has most of the year, but LSU’s high-flying offense will be ready for the Tigers talented defense.
Until January 13, however, expect Swinney and Clemson to play the underdog card hard to help motivate the team.