Dabo in denial? Perhaps there is more to his comments

Dabo Swinney didn't have much to look at during a 51-14 loss to FSU. (Getty)

Dabo Swinney didn't have much to look at during a 51-14 loss to FSU. (Getty)

Dabo Swinney has a job to do.

Clemson just got whacked 51-14 by Florida State. At home. On national TV. When it was No. 3 in the nation.

Clemson still has five more games.

Clemson still has plenty to play for.

So Swinney has to keep the Tigers believing in themselves, believing they can still rescue the season.

Why else would he say this on Tuesday, according to the Charleston Post and Courier:

“I thought they were a great football team. I think they’re a team if we play them 10 times, we’d probably win five, they’d probably win five. That’s probably about where it is. That’s not taking anything away from them; they played a heck of a game, and we certainly didn’t give ourselves a chance. We didn’t give our fans a chance. You can’t make those mistakes and even really assess it as far as where you are competitively.”

Unless Swinney, as some of you suspect, is delusional.

I don’t think Clemson wins five of 10 games against FSU. That’s ridiculous, as do many folks on Twitter, who think the head Tiger needs to hold his tongue.

Just about everybody who watched the game knows that the Seminoles are much better than Clemson. It wasn’t a one-game thing.

The Tigers had everything in their favor — home field, experienced and talented QB in Tajh Boyd, knew what it took to win close games — and were crushed like ants under FSU’s boot.

Redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston played better — dare I say, is better — than Boyd, the FSU defense was outstanding and the Tigers committed four turnovers.

So Swinney has to be more than a coach in this situation.

He is, and has been, Clemson’s biggest cheerleader. He has to keep his team from falling too far after this loss. Clemson’s remaining games are certainly winnable.

Especially if the Tigers are as good as Swinney says they are:

“(FSU has) got a couple of areas where they’re a little bit ahead of us that I think we’re going to catch up. But I think pretty evenly matched football teams. We didn’t play well, didn’t go our way. But they’re not that much better than us, and we certainly ain’t that bad of a football team. There’s no doubt about that. But they’re really, really good. They might be the best team in the country, they very well could be, we’ll find out. But they don’t have a lot of weaknesses. They’re good up front, both sides; so are we. They’re good at backer; so are we. They’re good at receiver; so are we. They’re good at quarterback; so are we. They’ve got a little more depth at running back than maybe we have right now, from an overall standpoint. A little more depth in the secondary than we have right now. I think we’re coming, we’re going to get there, we’re going to be really good in the secondary the next few years. We’re coming, there. Both good at kicker, both good at punter.”

Or Swinney could just be in denial.

61 comments Add your comment


October 23rd, 2013
4:11 pm


Aren’t they in the same division?


October 23rd, 2013
4:09 pm


You don’t have to look far to see that the teams the SEC picked up have very little trouble competing immediately. Mizzou and A&M were not $hit in the Big 12. Oh, my bad , you said year after year. Clemson, VT, Miami and even GT could win the SEC least. Give me a freakin break with all this SEC bull$hit.

ATL Tiger

October 23rd, 2013
4:04 pm

Clemson hangs 50+ on that banged up Maryland team this weekend in a rebound game. They get tested at home on a Thursday night against GT, but find a way to win and cruise into Columbia at 10-1. Hopefully Spurrier is three sheets to the wind by the time that game is over because the 4 win streak for the Chickens comes to an end, capping a decent year at USuC with a 7-5 record.


October 23rd, 2013
4:03 pm

Maybe he’s not as delusional as you might think because if both teams win out, guess who will be playing in the ACC championship game. Maybe next time they will be ready and they know what they must do to win next time.

Vampire Bill

October 23rd, 2013
3:57 pm

Look on the bright side Clemson. You didn’t lose to Vandy


October 23rd, 2013
3:18 pm

You have to understand the mentality at Klempsin. Everything gets swept under the rug so Dabo is just following Klempsin protocol, sweeping this “Clembarassing” loss under the rug. Spurrier will put 5 in a row on them in Columbia because as FSU knew, all you have to do is get after Bobblehead Boyd and he will fold like a tent.


October 23rd, 2013
3:09 pm

No mistake though, anyone with eyes could see the desparity between the two teams. FSU dropped on Clemson like a house on a wicked witch.


October 23rd, 2013
3:06 pm

It’s simple. He’s positioning the loss in an attempt to benefit his recruiting. “Not that far away… just need some depth…” It’s not a bad strategy actually; given how ugly a loss that was for Clemson, trying to spin it to get a few recruits to think about the possibility of early playing time is about the best he can hope for.

Andy Johnston

October 23rd, 2013
2:53 pm

Do y’all think Clemson will lose at Maryland on Saturday? The Terps are pretty banged up, so the Tigers should win. Thoughts?


October 23rd, 2013
2:47 pm

Clemsoning comes next