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."
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.