Dabo Swinney brags about Clemson's non-conference schedule using incorrect stat
Clemson traveled to College Station to play Texas A&M this past weekend, a matchup that Tigers coach Dabo Swinney believes boosted the strength of his team’s non-conference schedule.
On Tuesday, Swinney mentioned that the Tigers played the Aggies rather than a lighter opponent or FCS school, which they could have done — and some teams choose to do. However, the Clemson coach used an incorrect fact to back up his statement.
“We could’ve played Mary Poppins, but we went to College Station and played a team that had more 4- and 5-stars than us,” Swinney told the media.
As Ted Hyman of 247sports later pointed out on Twitter, Clemson has nine 5-star recruits and 37 4-stars, while Texas A&M has one 5-star and 34 4-stars, per the 247sports composite rankings. So while Swinney likely hoped to boost his team’s strength of schedule, that fact wasn’t actually true.
Outside of Texas A&M and South Carolina, Clemson’s non-conference schedule isn’t challenging. The Tigers opened the season against Furman, and they play Georgia Southern this week. None of their four non-conference opponents are currently ranked, although the Gamecocks were No. 24 before their loss to Georgia this past weekend.