When Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney finally got around to watching tape of Ohio State and the B1G before the two teams squared off in the College Football Playoff last January, his eyes lit up.

At least that’s what he told Walt Deptula on 105.5 The Roar on Monday.

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“Go back to last year. We’re trying to figure out a way to put four B1G teams in the playoff,” Swinney said. “And I didn’t pay no attention to the B1G. You just kind of buy it, right? That’s just what’s out there.”

But then, Swinney watched film on the Buckeyes, and the rest of the conference, for that matter. And that’s when he believed his team was in good shape heading into the Fiesta Bowl.

“I watch every single game and I go in and tell our guys, I’m like, ‘boys, these guys are in trouble.’ I mean, I’ve watched the whole league, I’ve gone through the whole league both sides, these guys are in trouble. And that’s exactly what happened.”

Indeed that is what happened. Clemson clobbered Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl before trumping Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game to claim the national title.

That 31-0 loss was the first time the Buckeyes had been blanked since 1993 and the first time Urban Meyer had been shutout in his coaching career.