Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will get his latest crack at an SEC school when Clemson faces LSU in the national championship game on Jan. 13.

Swinney said he hasn’t dissected LSU QB Joe Burrow yet, but has seen him on television, and Burrow appears to be an inspirational leader for the Bayou Bengals.

“He has great belief, and you can tell his team is highly motivated around him,” Swinney said on a media teleconference. “But he’s played in big games and just is very poised in those situations. Got a chance to see him the Alabama game in Tuscaloosa there, so watched that one, and just very, very impressive in how he’s competed all year long.”

Swinney said he’s aware of what Burrow did statistically this season, and it will be a challenge to prepare for Burrow.

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“They really just shred everybody, and it starts with him, and it’s not just his ability to throw the ball,” Swinney said. “He’s got great receivers, offensive line. He’s had a great run game sport and all that kind of stuff. But he’s made great plays with his legs, too. He can move. Just very confident, very accurate, and it’ll be a huge challenge, another great match-up, two great quarterbacks. So again, that’s the way a championship game ought to be.”

Swinney congratulated LSU for reaching the national championship, said he was happy for the players and coach Ed Orgeron, and said he looked forward to competing against them.

“What an amazing season they’ve had,” Swinney said “It’s exciting. We’ve got two great Tiger groups coming together, and going to be an awesome, awesome night for college football.”