Urban Meyer responds to Dabo Swinney's comments about Ohio State and the Playoff
Dabo Swinney made a lot of headlines with his recent comments on the College Football Playoff. In an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, the Clemson coach was asked about whether a 6-0 Ohio State belongs in the final four.
Swinney didn’t shy away from pointing out that there are four teams from ACC and SEC who will have played double-digit games compared to OSU’s 6:
“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. …
“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 comments have been a hot topic in college football media. FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff pregame show played the audio of Swinney’s comments before the analysts weighed in. Former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer disagreed with Swinney, arguing that the Buckeyes meet the main requirement of making the CFP.
“… I think, the job of the College Football Playoff committee: get the four best teams. There’s no doubt, they’re one of the four best teams,” Meyer said of the Buckeyes. “The argument should stop there. NFL talent all over the place. One of the best offenses in America. Defense has got to get better, but there’s no question… I get what Reggie says, and I think the College Football Playoff committee…like we’ve been saying…those two awful words, the “look test,” they have to look at the look test because everything is unequal.”
We can expect to hear a lot more on this debate between now and Dec. 20.