Dabo Swinney says he won't vote Tigers No. 1 until 'I feel like we've earned it'

'I don't think we've earned that...right now, Alabama is No. 1'

Clemson football - Dabo Swinney

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Clemson football - Dabo Swinney

Somebody on the USA Today's panel of coaches cast a vote for Clemson's Tigers as the No. 1 team in the land.

It wasn't Dabo Swinney.

"No, I don't think we've earned that," said Swinney when asked if he had put the Tigers at the top of his ballot. "When I feel like we've earned it, I'll vote us No. 1.

"Right now, Alabama is No. 1."

Swinney Pleased With OL Performance: Swinney said Sunday that the Tigers' offensive line performed well against Wake Forest, despite numerous obstacles.

Gifford Timothy missed the game with a concussion, David Beasley was out with an ankle injury and Patrick DeStefano with 'stingers,' Isaiah Battle was suspended, and both centers, Ryan Norton and Jay Guillermo, were ill and needed IVs during the game.

"I thought Kalon Davis played well," Swinney said. "We have a solid group inside that will give us good rotation. Shaq Anthony played well and competed. He made some mistakes, but he played better this week than last week.

"We've got to get our right tackle spot solidified. Battle will be back in the mix. (Eric) Mac Lain was solid at left tackle when he went in."

Ongoing Improvement: Swinney said the Tigers have improved since their opening performance against Georgia.

"Consistency is what all coaches are looking for, and we've improved since the first game as a team," Swinney said. "I want to be able to look back after the next four games, and be able to say the same thing.

"When we put it all together we have a chance to be a very good football team."

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Bleedsorange writes:

After Saturday I bet it was les miles.

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