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Clemson HC Dabo Swinney Responds to Ohio State Getting Into Playoff After Earlier Criticism

by Chris Haney
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On Sunday, Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney was much more complimentary of the Buckeyes than he was of Ohio State a couple of weeks ago.

Swinney’s main criticism of Ohio State recently is that they played a shortened schedule this year. The Big Ten decided to reduce their games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Ohio State only played six total games, although they went undefeated. On the other hand, Clemson played an 11-game schedule and finished the season with a 10-1 record.

Big Ten reporter Kyle Rowland relayed some of Swinney’s comments on Clemson‘s upcoming Ohio State matchup. The head coach’s opinion seems to have softened a bit, and says he expects a great game like last year.

“We all know Ohio State is an incredibly talented team. We look forward to a great matchup. We had a heck of a game with them last year. I doubt it’ll be anything different this year. It’ll probably come down to a few plays,” Dabo Swinney explained.

Dabo Swinney Bashes Ohio State’s Six-Game Schedule

When speaking on The Rich Eisen Show a couple weeks ago, Dabo Swinney admitted it’s been a challenging season for all conferences. However, the 2-time NCAA championship-winning coach shared some harsh criticisms against the Big Ten and Ohio State.

“It’s almost like you’ve got to have 120 hours to get a business degree. Yet, these people over here only need 60 hours to get a business degree,” Swinney said of Ohio State.

Swinney went on to basically say that Texas A&M and Florida of the SEC both deserve a spot in the four-team playoff, instead of OSU.

“If I was on the committee, it would be hard for me to leave out a 10-1 Texas A&M. Or an 11-game Florida team over a team that’s played six games,” he explained.

“It doesn’t mean they’re not a great team and couldn’t win the whole thing,” Swinney continued. “I just think that there has to be — I just think from a big-picture standpoint, I would lean toward rewarding the teams that have been all in because it’s been an incredible challenge.”

The head coach’s comments infuriated Buckeyes fans at the time, but he seems to have changed his tune a bit. We’ll get to see how the rematch plays out as Clemson takes on Ohio State on New Year’s Day.