Swinney: 'We need to win these games'

Dabo Swinney, right, Clemson head coach, and Urban Meyer , Ohio State coach, during a photo opportunity with the Orange Bowl, at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale January 2.

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Dabo Swinney, right, Clemson head coach, and Urban Meyer , Ohio State coach, during a photo opportunity with the Orange Bowl, at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale January 2.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Dabo Swinney knows the numbers by memory, citing chapter and verse Clemson and the ACC's success of late.

"We were in the top-10 for 14 weeks this year, a school record," Swinney said, "and that's a result of consistency and the respect our guys have earned nationally and the type of games they've won. Same thing for (national championship participant) Florida State.

Tigers remember every loss

"We're the only team in the league that's had three-straight ten-plus win seasons. That's what (the ACC) need(s). We've got to have a couple teams each year that are in the mix, especially as we go into this college football playoff deal."

Swinney can't get around one number though, which Clemson contributed their last time in south Florida: 3-13. The ACC's record in a BCS bowl system which sees its final go-round this season.

"We're excited about where we are," Swinney said, "But we need to win these games. That's the next step. Record-wise, we (haven't) kind of held up our end of the deal in these BCS games.

"You've got to win these games...It's a great opportunity to further our program but also represent the league."

The conference stands at 3-6 in the bowl season thus far, but entered as underdogs in all but three contests anyway.

The No. 1 Seminoles take on No. 2 Auburn on Monday, and Swinney is confident in their chances to derail the SEC's stranglehold on the title.

"They've got a great chance," he said. "They've the most complete football team that has answered every challenge. It's a great compliment to the job that Jimbo has done with his staff and getting all his players on the game page, and again, finding ways to win games."

SECKINGER 'OKAY'

Clemson's list is short in terms of recent injuries, finishing up practice on Wednesday.

Swinney said junior tight end Stanton Seckinger is expected to be 'okay' after rolling his ankle this week. Other than that, Clemson is looking good going into the finale.

"We're fortunate," Swinney said. "We're in pretty good shape. Stanton, I think he's going to be fine. We'll see where he is at game-time."

ROBY LIKELY OUT

Ohio State likely won't have top cornerback Bradley Roby (knee) facing Clemson's bevy of talented receivers Friday. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer told reporters he didn't think Roby was "going to make it."

A two-time All-Big Ten player, the junior totaled 69 tackles and three interceptions this season, and has already announced his intentions to declare for the NFL draft.

Ohio State is already missing its leader in sacks, Noah Spence (7.5), due to a three-game suspension levied after the Big Ten title game.

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

All well and good Dabo but, we needed to beat SC more than we need to win the Orange Bowl. Of course, winning tonight would take some of the sting out of 6 turnovers in the SC game and you may get forgiven by some people while others will never forgive you until you go 13 or 14 and 0 and win it all. With the nation watching it would sure would be "swell" if we played well and won. We couldn't even slow down Winston and Shaw killed us on 3rd down. How can we stop Miller? Hopefully, we get another Peach Bowl like effort and if we do, we will win. Good luck tonight! As far as the conference is concerned, we don't owe them anything. Had you been around back in the early 80's you wouldn't be talking so politely about the ACC. Clemson made this conference and Tobacco Road runs it and it's a joke how they do it when UNC and Duke are in the conversation. Check you history and you will find out there wouldn't be an ACC had Clemson not jumped shipped about 60 years ago, along with Maryland. Anyway, I do hope we have a good game and y'all go back to Clemson with the big, nice Orange Bowl trophy. It's such a nice trophy. I may have overstated the conference thing slightly with some details but, that's the core of how this conference was founded. Clemson and Maryland pulled out of the old Southern and the ACC was formed on their backs.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Clemson and Maryland withdrew from the Southern Conference in protest on bowl game participation and 5 other schools followed not long after. Here is a little bit about all that: Seven universities in the South Atlantic States were charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. Previously members of the Southern Conference, they left partially due to that league's ban on post-season play. After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953. The bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, and the ACC was created, becoming the second conference formed by schools collectively withdrawing from the SoCon, after the Southeastern Conference. On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia, a SoCon charter member that had been independent since 1937, into the conference.[3]

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