Christmas is over, but Dabo Swinney is the gift that keeps on giving. After practice today Swinney went through the usual talk about how great preparations are going for the upcoming Orange Bowl matchup with Ohio State, transitioning into the standard talking points about the program’s accomplishments over the past few seasons. Sandwiched in all of that was this little nugget:
“If you just judge us on the last five years I think that we’ve become one of the most consistent teams in the country. More consistent than Ohio State if you will. I mean, there’s a lot of teams out there that would love to have the accomplishments that this team has had in the last few years. As far as consistently being ranked and school things that we’ve done here, records that we’ve set here at Clemson and all that kind of stuff.”
Ohio State has gone 11-2, 13-1, 6-7, 12-0 and 12-1 in the past five seasons. Counting the upcoming Orange Bowl, the Buckeyes have made trips to three BCS games in the past five years, with wins in the Rose and Sugar Bowls. During that same stretch Clemson has gone 9-5, 6-7, 10-4, 11-2, 10-2. The Tigers are making their second trip to Orange Bowl in the past three seasons.
We love you, Dabo. Please don’t ever change.