Dabo Swinney blasts College Football Playoff's ranking of No. 4 Ohio State
Outspoken Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is at it again. This time, he’s aiming his fire at the College Football Playoff selection committee because of where Ohio State sits in the rankings.
The Buckeyes currently sit at the No. 4 spot with only a few weeks left in the college football season. They sit behind Alabama (No. 1), Notre Dame (No. 2) and Clemson (No. 3) to round out the College Football Playoff picture. But Ohio State has played just 5 games this season and sits ahead of Texas A&M, Florida and others with one loss who have played double the number of contests this fall.
According to 247Sports, Swinney isn’t a fan of where Ohio State sits. Primarily, it’s the resume and number of games played that he has an issue with right now.
“Obviously, that’s a tough question to answer in my position because we feel like we’re definitely one of the best four teams in the country and there’s nothing that’s going to happen in that game next week for Clemson or Notre Dame that’s going to change that in my opinion and that’s based on data,” Swinney said. “It’s almost like you’ve got to have 120 hours to get a business degree and yet these people over here only need 60 hours to get a business degree.
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“I think any time you step in between the lines, the game of football, there’s a lot that can happen — a lot. I mean, heck — in 2017, we lost to a three-win or four-win Syracuse team and still went to the Playoffs. So anything can happen. Guys can get hurt. There’s a lot. So I think the fact that we’re going to have 11 games as well as the SEC teams — I mean, you look at Florida and Texas A&M and Alabama. I mean, these teams are going to have 11 games this year.”
Swinney says that the B1G shouldn’t be rewarded for how it mishandled everything from the start.
“It’s incredible and I think the Big Ten had the same opportunity and they chose not to play, and I think the only reason they ended up playing is because of the leadership of the SEC and the ACC and the Big 12, and have demonstrated that we can do it and do it in a safe way. So it’s been an unbelievably challenging season, that’s for sure, but I think that the committee’s going to have some tough, tough, tough questions to answer and things like that, regardless of what they do.
“Obviously, as coaches, we don’t control any of that stuff. So I do think that our team has played incredibly well. We had a double-overtime loss at the No. 2 team in the country now in Notre Dame, who’s a great team and an unbelievable game. Again, no matter what happens for Notre Dame or Clemson, nothing changes in my mind, as far as both of these teams being in the top four.
When asked about where Ohio State stands, Swinney says his main focus is to coach Clemson. However, he still doesn’t think Ohio State belongs in one of those Top 4 spots ahead of squads like Texas A&M and Florida.
“I wouldn’t have an issue with it because, again, it’s not my position to have an issue with it — my position is to coach my team, regardless of whoever,” Swinney said. “I just think there has to be some type of standard. I just think it would be — if I was on a committee, it would be hard for me to leave out a 10-1 Texas A&M or an 11-game Florida team over a team that’s played six games. That would be hard for me if I was on a committee, but I’m not on the committee. So it doesn’t really matter.
“It doesn’t mean they’re not a great team and couldn’t win the whole thing. I just think that there has to be — I just think, from a big-picture standpoint, I would lean toward rewarding the teams that have been all in because it’s been an incredible challenge.”
Clemson and Notre Dame will meet in the ACC Championship Game. If the Tigers defeat the Irish, there’s a very good chance the ACC gets two teams into the College Football Playoff.