Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did his best to convince the media on his Sunday teleconference that this week’s game pitting his 4th ranked Tigers against 5th ranked Florida State is just another game, just one win or one loss.
Swinney certainly may believe that but to Clemson fans this game is the season. Win it and the talk of a national championship becomes legit. Lose it and you can still have a fine season, not just a special one.
Here are some of Swinney’s key comments:
- Did a lot of good things in yesterday’s game. Lot of mistakes but proud of how his team competed in a real physical game.
- Will get back to basics on some things on offense to try to eliminate the mistakes from yesterday.
- Tremendous game by defense, very , and fewest mental mistakes they’ve had all yephysicalar.
- Players of game…Brandon Thomas, Stephone Anthony and Robert Smith.
- Five years ago today Swinney was named Clemson’s interim head coach.
- Winston is a special player and doesn’t look like any fresman he’s seen. Has watched him since the 9th grade. Playing like a Heisman guy.
- The experience of the Georgia game earlier this season will help for this game, but this kind of game is what they hope will be the norm.
- Beasley and Timothy need to get more work in the offensive line.
- Shaq Lawson said he should be fine for this week’s game.
- Approaching this week like any other. It’s only one win or one loss. “We do what we do.”
Oddsmakers have made the Seminoles the early 2.5 point favorites. The game will kickoff at 8:00 PM Saturday night on ABC.