Clemson-Carolina bowl rematch? With BCS game in reach, Swinney not thinking 'consolation'

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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.

A Chick-fil-A Bowl rematch between the Tigers and the Gamecocks?

Someone brought up the topic during the ACC coaches' teleconference on Wednesday, and Dabo Swinney's first thought was that he didn't like the idea.

Not because of any aversion to breaking tradition and playing back-to-back games against South Carolina, but because it would likely mean that Clemson had lost on Saturday and would be taking a consolation bowl assignment.

Swinney obviously has his sights set on a bigger and better postseason - a BCS at-large bid for his 10-1 Tigers.

"Well, to be honest with you, I hadn't thought about that," Swinney said. " But I hope I don't have to worry about that. That means we got beat."

He said there will be time enough to worry about the postseason after the Tigers take of their business on Saturday.

"When the regular season is over, that's when we focus on the postseason, and whatever you get, you get," Swinney said. "You get dialed in on getting ready to play that opponent, and whoever it is, it's always an exciting time.

"Your players get a little bit of time off and then they come back and you get geared up for that postseason opportunity and the experience that you get, and obviously you want to try to win."

A rematch with South Carolina would be "an interesting scenario," he said. "Again, hopefully we're not having to worry about that

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