Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said this week that Ohio State was good enough to beat his Tigers, but he still didn’t rank the Buckeyes among the top-10 teams in his final Coaches Poll ballot. Instead, he put them at No. 11, despite the fact that the College Football Playoff committee had them among the top-4 teams invited to compete for a national championship.
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His beef with Ohio State is that entering Friday’s Sugar Bowl semifinal game, the Buckeyes had only played (and won) six games, while Clemson and other top teams — including Alabama and Notre Dame, the other two playoff teams — played at least nine games this season.
While some people used Swinney’s logic to argue that Ohio State didn’t deserve a playoff spot, the Clemson coach employed it as a reason to keep his team’s next opponent out of the top-10.
“If people have a problem with that, I don’t really care,” Swinney said Monday, via USA TODAY Sports, adding:
“It’s not that they’re not good enough,” Swinney said on a conference call with reporters. “I just don’t think it’s right that three teams have to play 13 games to be the champion and one team has to play eight.”
Well, Swinney’s Coaches Poll ballot and comments didn’t exactly age well with Ohio State dominating Clemson in Friday’s second semifinal game, winning 49-28 to advance to the national championship game against Alabama. And for the Buckeyes, it was revenge after losing to Clemson twice previously in the playoff.
Sure, the Tigers were without offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, who tested positive for COVID-19, and star linebacker James Skalski was ejected for targeting in the first half. But the Buckeyes were without several key people too, including running back Master Teague III, and quarterback Justin Fields appeared to be injured on Skalski’s targeting play.
But that didn’t matter much to college football Twitter because people used Clemson’s brutal loss to Ohio State to make fun of Swinney and his decision to rank the Buckeyes at No. 11.
Warning: There is some NSFW language in these jokes.
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