Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was on the defensive on Saturday when he explained why he ranked Ohio State 11th in his final coaches’ election.
Swinney told ESPN that he believed there were four teams that were “punished” for playing more games. He was adamant about teams that stopped just six games from playing in the College Football Playoff.
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“First of all, my vote means nothing. But it means something to me, you know? It’s my election. I do it. It creates a stir because we’re just playing Ohio State Are, ”said Swine. ESPN.
“It has nothing to do with Ohio State – absolutely zero. You can change the name to Michigan or Georgia or Florida or Tennessee or Nebraska. Anytime you have a top-10. [ranking], It must be special. This year it’s like really, really, really special, and I wanted it to be that way. And so, I wanted to recognize teams that played nine games or more. And so, if you didn’t play nine games, I didn’t just consider you for the top 10 [the Buckeyes] 11. were
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“Obviously, they are a great team. They are good enough and talented to beat us and good enough to win the national championship. But in my opinion, I don’t think it is right that three teams have to play. It takes 13 games and a team to win eight matches to win it. Which universe am I living in?
“And it’s nothing with them. It was about qualification. And I didn’t think they were eligible, based on the number of games, all these other teams. … In my opinion – Texas A. & M, Florida, Oklahoma. Cincinnati – He was sentenced to play more games. “
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Clemson won the ACC Championship and was awarded the No. 2 seed and would play Ohio State in the semifinals.