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.
“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.”