Dabo Swinney on Ohio State's Playoff chances: The committee has 'tough' questions to answer
Ohio State is on track to make the College Football Playoff final four if it wins the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes are just 5-0, but No. 4 in the CFP selection committee’s rankings, an indication that Ryan Day’s squad is in if it keeps winning. Dabo Swinney isn’t so sure about that with teams from the ACC and SEC reaching double-digit games.
Swinney shared his thoughts in an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show.
“Obviously, that’s a tough question to answer in my position because we feel like we’re definitely one of the best four teams in the country and there’s nothing that’s going to happen in that game next week for Clemson or Notre Dame that’s going to change that in my opinion and that’s based on data,” Swinney told Eisen.
From there, the Clemson coach turned his focus to comparing the number of games played between the contenders.
“It’s almost like you’ve got to have 120 hours to get a business degree and yet these people over here only need 60 hours to get a business degree,” Swinney said.
“I think any time you step in between the lines, the game of football, there’s a lot that can happen — a lot. I mean, heck — in 2017, we lost to a three-win or four-win Syracuse team and still went to the Playoffs. So anything can happen. Guys can get hurt. There’s a lot. So I think the fact that we’re going to have 11 games as well as the SEC teams — I mean, you look at Florida and Texas A&M and Alabama. I mean, these teams are going to have 11 games this year.
“It’s incredible and I think the Big Ten had the same opportunity and they chose not to play, and I think the only reason they ended up playing is because of the leadership of the SEC and the ACC and the Big 12, and have demonstrated that we can do it and do it in a safe way. So it’s been an unbelievably challenging season, that’s for sure, but I think that the committee’s going to have some tough, tough, tough questions to answer and things like that, regardless of what they do.”
The Aggies won’t get to the 11th game at 7-1 with this week’s Ole Miss game called off and only Tennessee remaining on the schedule, but Jimbo Fisher’s squad is guaranteed to have played more games than OSU. Florida and Alabama will play game No. 11 when they off in the SEC Championship.
Swinney closed his thoughts pointing it is out of the control of he and the other coaches.
“Obviously, as coaches, we don’t control any of that stuff. So I do think that our team has played incredibly well. We had a double-overtime loss at the No. 2 team in the country now in Notre Dame, who’s a great team and an unbelievable game. Again, no matter what happens for Notre Dame or Clemson, nothing changes in my mind, as far as both of these teams being in the top four.”