Swinney says Tigers want, deserve BCS bowl bid against best possible opponent

'We're still one of the best teams in the country, and that's a fact'

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney argues an intentional grounding penalty in the second quarter against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney argues an intentional grounding penalty in the second quarter against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

Sunday's most popular speculative buzz has Clemson playing in the Orange Bowl against Alabama.

If it happens, Dabo Swinney and his Tigers won't flinch.

Swinney believes it's exactly the kind of opportunity Clemson has earned during the course of its 10-2 season.

"Are you serious? We absolutely want to be in the BCS," said Swinney, in response to a question during his Sunday evening teleconference about whether he'd prefer a lower-tier bowl with a better chance to win. "That's a no-brainer. That's not even a question.

"We're still one of the best teams in the country, and that's a fact. We're one of the most consistent teams in the country. I wish we could win 'em all, but there are only a couple of undefeated teams, and we've got two really tough losses. And in those two losses, we've had 10 turnovers in those two games.

"That's why ya'll hear me talk about the turnover margin all the time. When we win the turnover margin, we usually win."

Swinney says the Tigers want the best possible bowl against the best possible opponent.

"We want the best post-season that we can get," Swinney said. "I think we should be in the BCS. We were in the top 10 for 14 straight weeks this year, which is a school record, and we're just out of the top 10 now.

"Our losses have been to two really good teams, one of them probably playing for the national championship. We're a team that's exciting to watch and a team that can play with anybody in the country.

"We want to be in the BCS, and we believe we deserve to be."

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Bigboots writes:

Sorry to disagree, Dabo. We are not a really good team.
True, we lost to two good teams. And we played two good teams. Three if you want to count Georgia.
I'd call them average.

Beating Wake, Citadel, Boston College, Virginia, SC State, NCSU and the like does not mean you have one of the best teams in the country.

You learn more about your team in games that matter.

MoncksTater writes:

Georgia is average ? Hardly. I think you're upset and rightfully so , but beating ANY division one football team is difficult. Remember what happened when the Coots went to Knoxville this year ? Its why they play the game.
I absolutely hate losing consistently to the USuC's and FSU's...but those two teams are recently just better than us and many of our fans can't figure that out or accept it. Clemson is a very good team , but losses like this one hurt when you think you "deserve" to win rather than just understand that there are other programs out there that are ahead in the game a little ways.
Go Dabo and staff , hit that recruiting path hard and lets get on to the top tier...because we are very very close.
GOTIGERS

Bigboots writes:

Georgia barely escaped Tenn and GT with overtime wins.
Pretty average.

Bleedsorange writes:

Well no complaining allowed. As the beginning of thur session we wanted Alabama for a bowl game now we get our wish just the wrong bowl.

Bigboots writes:

A little more on the fantastic Georgia Bulldogs:

8-4 record with a 3 pt win over a weak Fla Gators team
Wins over App State and N Texas
And a loss to Vanderbilt.
They also beat Kentucky. Woo hoo.
Yeah, average sounds about right.

kellytown writes:

in response to Bigboots:

A little more on the fantastic Georgia Bulldogs:

8-4 record with a 3 pt win over a weak Fla Gators team
Wins over App State and N Texas
And a loss to Vanderbilt.
They also beat Kentucky. Woo hoo.
Yeah, average sounds about right.

BIG BOOTS for your info. Georgia is a very good football team. When we played Georgia they had two players out maybe 3 they where still ranked in the top 5 in the nation. I don;t know what you are on but you are missing something here How about they beat South Carolina Georgia even missing alot of key players still should have beat Auburn if it hadn't have been for a lucky play and do you remember that Georgia was down by more that 14 points. Good football teams find a way to win even being down by 2 or 3 scores. Thats the problem with CLEMSON we can;t win 2or 3 big games.

MoncksTater writes:

@ BigBoots:
They beat the team that has beaten us 5 straight seasons. You dont suppose that their losses had anything to do with losing Marshal and Gurley both about the same time and their NFL ready TE do you ? Also lost their #1 wideout I believe. Nobody said they were natty champ material but please dont discount a good win for our Tigers by saying UGa is an average team. They were full strength and rested when we beat em'. Ask LSU if UGA is "average".

33dtb writes:

Haven't we suffered enough embarrassment ???????

Evidently it is no longer PC for tv announcers to use the term "clemsoning".

I will say it... We have "clemsoned" twice this year..... curled up on the ground like whipped dogs instead of bowing up and fighting like Tigers.

I'm Orange blood thru and thru, but quitting just makes me sick.... can't wait for Ben Boulware to hit his stride.......he'll bow up when the going gets tough. That's an "old school" Clemson linebacker..!

Bigboots writes:

Oh, Georgia had some injuries.
No other team had any injuries, did they? Just Georgia.
They beat at least 3 weak teams to pad their resume' and they needed OT to win over Tech and Tenn.
Good win over SC and good win to beat LSU.
All considered, average.

iptaytiger writes:

Georgia was 100% healthy when we beat them ,and every single Clemson fan here was happy. Get over it, and stand behind Dabo and the Tigers...All In!

TigerFan95 writes:

Bigboots, you’re wrong about the UGA game. UGA was a very good team when we beat them and that game deserves to be the lone highlight of our season. However I do agree with you that we are not the great team Dabo thinks we are. Beating UGA and 9 high school teams shouldn’t earn you a BCS bowl. The car salesman mentality of Dabo is shamefully trying to sell us as Orange bowl worthy because it earns him a pretty fat bonus to get to a BCS bowl. We are Chic-Fil-A material at best, and that’s what we’ll always be as long as Dabo is coach. If we go there enough perhaps Spurrier will start cracking jokes about it the same way he did about UT and the Citrus Bowl.

tigerrob44 writes:

Everbody needs to settle down and put this in perspective. SC did not beat us we lost. With 4 turnovers when it mattered how can you expect to win? Right now this is an anomaly. SC has never in 100 years been any good in football and they beat us 5 in a row. We have done that to them several times. From 1998 thru 2008 we won 9 out of 11. That was not long ago. Doesn't anybody remember how we have dominated them for over 100 years. They got lucky last year and this year. We are better than they are but when you turn it over 6 times it's hard to beat a high school team. We were tied in the fourth quarter after playing as bad as we can play. Think about it people. They just plain and simple got lucky because we decided to throw the game away by turnovers.

tigerrob44 writes:

We beat the Bull Doggies when they were loaded. SC lost to them 7 days later. Then the Bull Doggies were decimated by injuries. That's why they lost 4 games or whatever it is.

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to tigerrob44:

Everbody needs to settle down and put this in perspective. SC did not beat us we lost. With 4 turnovers when it mattered how can you expect to win? Right now this is an anomaly. SC has never in 100 years been any good in football and they beat us 5 in a row. We have done that to them several times. From 1998 thru 2008 we won 9 out of 11. That was not long ago. Doesn't anybody remember how we have dominated them for over 100 years. They got lucky last year and this year. We are better than they are but when you turn it over 6 times it's hard to beat a high school team. We were tied in the fourth quarter after playing as bad as we can play. Think about it people. They just plain and simple got lucky because we decided to throw the game away by turnovers.

Blaming losses like the one we had on Saturday on luck is the sorry losers defense…Good teams create turnovers and bad teams make turn overs..SC was the better team Saturday and has been the last five years and it has nothing to do with luck. Man-up and admit it. They have a real HC and a group of well-respected assistant coaches. Meanwhile we’re paying big bucks to a real estate salesman and a group of high school coaches. It's hard to "settle down" when you see such stupidity going on.

33dtb writes:

Attitude.............."just another game" ain't EVER gonna get it done, Dabo.

esp in Columbia

TRUETIGER1 writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

Blaming losses like the one we had on Saturday on luck is the sorry losers defense…Good teams create turnovers and bad teams make turn overs..SC was the better team Saturday and has been the last five years and it has nothing to do with luck. Man-up and admit it. They have a real HC and a group of well-respected assistant coaches. Meanwhile we’re paying big bucks to a real estate salesman and a group of high school coaches. It's hard to "settle down" when you see such stupidity going on.

Barker and Phillips didn't want a coach bigger than them, so we got Dabo. We are living Barker's Dream. Win enough to bring in some bucks, but not too many so as to make football look like a priority.

tigerrob44 writes:

To TigerFan95: The only turnover they created when it mattered was when they stripped the ball from Tajh. They did not create Sammy's interception nor did they create Humphries two fumbled punts. Therefore, you are wrong!

tigerrob44 writes:

in response to TRUETIGER1:

Barker and Phillips didn't want a coach bigger than them, so we got Dabo. We are living Barker's Dream. Win enough to bring in some bucks, but not too many so as to make football look like a priority.

That's one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read. Do you really believe what you just wrote? Your reference to Jim Barker and the AD I am speaking of. Surely you are not serious.

clemvol writes:

I agree the Tigers need to be in a BCS bowl. We will again get to see no progress has been made, an over ranked and over hyped team. Don't mention 10 win seasons. When you lose to your rival for a record 5 times this tells me no matter how you spin try and spin it there is no excuse. None. Now is the time to look at new blood with a new vision. If not then the misery will go on and on. I anticipate recruits to start to change their commitment. Now if everyone is ready for the same old results to continue then by all means join the gamecock club in keeping a staff that can't win the rival that has turned into a domination.

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to tigerrob44:

To TigerFan95: The only turnover they created when it mattered was when they stripped the ball from Tajh. They did not create Sammy's interception nor did they create Humphries two fumbled punts. Therefore, you are wrong!

No, the pass by Sammy was created by our own stupidity. But like a good, well prepared team does, they didn't fall for the trick and intercepted it. The two botched punt receptions were caused by SC being in our heads so bad that we can't even see straight...That's something that good teams like SC do to bad teams like Clemson.. Boyd's fumble was a strip that was the result of good physical tackling---something that SC has done well at for years. Boyd's interceptions were the result of his desperation from being behind late in a ball game to a team he hadn't beaten..And like a good team does, SC took advantage of his desperation and intercepted him so now he never will.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

in response to tigerrob44:

That's one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read. Do you really believe what you just wrote? Your reference to Jim Barker and the AD I am speaking of. Surely you are not serious.

Totally serious, that chase for the top 20 had to get money from somewhere, since no one cared about it, but Barker. Think about why Robinson fired Ford. There were bigger named coaches available when we got Dabo.

Wagoneer writes:

I can't imagine us in a BCS bowl. I wouldn't even want to watch that... not after our performance on Saturday. I agree with those above who say the "Just another game" mentality is a joke. It works when you WIN. When you lose 52-14 at home and turn the ball over 6 times at your rival, you're preaching the wrong narrative. We played well against UGA, but that's it. That's all. That's what happens when we show up. Maybe that should be our mantra - "show up".

TRUTH4U2 writes:

Personally don't think they deserve a BCS. I mean they just lost to a top 10 team that has them same record as them. Just don't see how it could be justified.

wcgrad69 writes:

I like Dabo. Think he is a fine person but is he worth over $2,000,000 per year so we can sit in seats the size of postage stamps?

BigBud52 writes:

I really don't care what bowl we go to right now. I do know that if we play Alabama in the Orange Bowl or the Toilet Bowl, Saban's team will kill us. After the Auburn game he will have that team on a different level. It may be just me, but I truly believe Nick Saban can outcoach Dabo.

clemvol writes:

in response to BigBud52:

I really don't care what bowl we go to right now. I do know that if we play Alabama in the Orange Bowl or the Toilet Bowl, Saban's team will kill us. After the Auburn game he will have that team on a different level. It may be just me, but I truly believe Nick Saban can outcoach Dabo.

Agree. One thing is for sure, we absolutely know one coach that can out coach Dabo.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

Seems to me a good high school coach would give Dabo a fit, we already know an old drunk can beat him.

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