Swinney says he doesn't need to see film to know what Tigers face in LSU

LSU 'a team that played for the national championship and is a screen pass away from playing for the national championship again'

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney claps as players get ready to run down the hill at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney claps as players get ready to run down the hill at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Dabo Swinney just got back to his office Friday after a week on the road, and hasn’t yet watched a minute of film on LSU.

He doesn’t need visual evidence to know what the Tigers are getting into, however.

“I know enough – I don’t have to turn on the film,” said Swinney Friday after accepting the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s official invitation from chairman Gary Stokan. “This is a complete football team – a team that played for the national championship and is a screen pass away from playing for the national championship again.

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“LSU is one of the best teams in the country.”

The Tigers, coming off a 10-2 season capped by a disappointing loss to rival South Carolina, will treat the bowl as “a one-game season” Swinney said.

“We’ll step back from the regular season and evaluate what we got done,” Swinney said. “This is a 10-2 football team with nothing to hang its head about.”

The Tigers resumed working on their own earlier this week, with running and lifting, as well as skills drills. They’ll hold their first formal team practice on Saturday, and then will work around exams next week.

“On the 21st, we’ll cut them loose to go be with their families and then get back together at the bowl site,” Swinney said.

Swinney said injured cornerback Darius Robinson won’t be back for the bowl game, but that he hopes to have Bashaud Breeland available.

“We’ve been pretty thin in the secondary,” he said. “It would be a nice shot in the arm to get Breeland back.”

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Bigboots writes:

Good to have experts on here who know WHEN the team should ride down I-85.
Dabo was probably wondering about that.
And Morris probably asked the good folks at Auburn and South Florida, where he denies interviewing, what they thought about optimal timing for the hour and a half bus ride.

iptaytiger writes:

Wow, I can't believe Dabo is talking about LSU like that. Sure he knows what LSU is capable of. Now is the time to be concerned and getting a game plan going. Take notes from teams like Wofford, Troy, and Ball St. They play for upsets, like something that we may be able to pull off with the playmakers we have in the stable. We have the players capable of being national contenders, lets start playing, and coaching like it.

Xander5000 writes:

Uhhh....I think you need to get all the film on these guys that you can get, Dabo...please. Venables also needs film to study. Also get the RB's, LB's, OL's, DL's, and DB's to bulk up and get in the weight room. Cause it's going to be physical.

Bleedsorange writes:

Can I get an AMEN! On all of the above.

PtownDawg writes:

Bigboots, you sure are a negative fella aren't you. Nothin good to say. Wonder where your loyalties are during the season. Whats the point of spouting your mouth off if you don't like the coach, the bowl, the opponent, the assistant coach, the interviews, the timing, our chances? Go pull for your daddy, the ole Ball Coach, and don't claim alligence to the Tigers. You seem to be a hater of all things CU.

brookesdad729 writes:

Boys! Boys! Now calm down here!LOL! Dabo might not need to see film on LSU. That's a true statement, but Venables and Morris better be watching film and I very much believe that they will. Now translating that on the field is another story altogether! Go Tigers!

Bigboots writes:

P-tang, get someone to read this to you.
I like the coach. Havent said a negative word about Dabo. The bowl is ok. The opponent is top 10.
Will admit I was disappointed in the way the offense was handled in the usc game. Morris can share the blame for that performance. And tired of his interviewing everytime there is an opening. Clemson is paying 1.3 million. Get ready for LSU.
If you dont like it, I don't really care.

TigerNE writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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Hey, sennman, in my experience Bigboots often just types comments to criticize others without offering anything constructive. I suspect he is Ara Parseghian and Bear Bryant wrapped together in his own mind. The rest of us are simply football riffraff.

And on your comment, I've never played in a bowl, but I suspect staying in the land of orange as long as it makes sense and conditioning and getting your mind right seems like a fair idea.

BrandonRink writes:

Re: When Clemson goes to Atlanta...

Team reports on December 26. First practice in the ATL is Dec. 27

Bigboots writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Re: When Clemson goes to Atlanta...

Team reports on December 26. First practice in the ATL is Dec. 27

No no no!
Sennman is not going to like this.

Bigboots writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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Too much caffeine?
I tend to agree that the team should put a higher priority on winning the bowl game. I think it matters. It certainly matters to me.
I know bowl trips are treated as vacations, but we are not winning our share. So if it requires staying in camp mode a couple of extra days, why not? Won't happen this year, though.

TigerNE writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Re: When Clemson goes to Atlanta...

Team reports on December 26. First practice in the ATL is Dec. 27

Just curious, do they practice on a neutral field somewhere?

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Just curious, do they practice on a neutral field somewhere?

Media guide we have says they have two practices in the Georgia Dome and one at Georgia Tech. (LSU has two at the GA dome and one at Georgia State).

TigerNE writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Media guide we have says they have two practices in the Georgia Dome and one at Georgia Tech. (LSU has two at the GA dome and one at Georgia State).

Thanks. I've often wondered how easy it is to spy during bowl practices. I guess any 'creative' play practice happens in Clemson in the new facility.

brookesdad729 writes:

Wow!

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