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.

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October 23rd, 2013
10:09 pm

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?

Maryland not only is banged up, but was exposed by FSU two weeks ago in that 63-0 demolition. And Wake handled them pretty easily this past weekend as well. No way Clemson should lose to the Terps–unless they’re still sulled up about last weekend’s butt-kickin’ by the Noles.


October 23rd, 2013
8:48 pm


Ok, but neither me or your momma wear pajamas when she’s over. I think Tech could lose to UGAG every year and still win the SEC least. It is possible – sort of like Carolina and UGAG. But, it appears that the title may run through wherever Mizzou is located? Which was my point all along.


October 23rd, 2013
8:13 pm

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October 23rd, 2013
8:11 pm

FSU showed the puppies of Athens how to kick tail in Clemandson.Ga. is the joke of the SEC……. RollOn

Rebel Ace

October 23rd, 2013
7:42 pm

Hey, Dabo, good thing you’re not in the SEC West.


October 23rd, 2013
6:35 pm

FSU(free Shoe University) will go undefeated, Miami will lose as badly as Clemson. The Criminoles are good. Swinney wake up because you are dreaming.

speak for yourself

October 23rd, 2013
5:41 pm

sort of like when SC beat UGA 35-7, yet Georgia was still thinking they had a shot at being national champions. c’mon Dabo, hang in there. You could still make it to Pasadena


October 23rd, 2013
5:31 pm


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.
Guess who will be playing in the ACC championship game? My guess is the champion of the Altantic Division (which would be FSU) against the champion of the Coastal (UM or VT).


October 23rd, 2013
5:03 pm

The SEC East title goes through Athens, therefore Tech would never win it. I don’t need to remind you of your record in Athens do I? Now go put your Star Trek pajamas on and mumsy and daddy will come tuck you in later ok?


October 23rd, 2013
5:02 pm

LOL @ “Clemsoning” & “Clembarassing”