Swinney on 2015 schedule: "opportunity to compete at the highest level"


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Swinney hopes to keep the 10 win seasons going

Dabo Swinney said in a radio interview on 105.5 The Roar during the Clemson media golf outing at the Reserve at Keowee in Sunset on Wednesday that the 2015 schedule is challenging and there are exciting home and away match-ups for Clemson fans.

"It's no question that our schedule gives us the opportunity to compete at the highest level," Swinney said. I think the worst thing you wanna do is have a schedule that you win all of your games and not be considered good enough. That would be terrible. We do not have that problem. We have a very very good schedule that will allow our guys to be the very best. If we are good enough, we will be there. It is certainly won't be because we didn't play a tough enough schedule, that's for sure."

Swinney is excited with the new match-up with Notre Dame at Death Valley.

"I am happy for our fans to have some of these great matchups at home. I am excited about Notre Dame. I have never coached against them or played against them. Pretty neat to play Notre Dame and with the exception that we will vacate Tim Bourret from our program for about 16 days and make sure he does not come anywhere around. He still carries four leaf clovers in his pocket in little baggies."

Swinney is also weary of the short turnaround for the Thursday national ESPN game against a tough Louisville football squad.

"Other than that, its going to be great and there are some great road games. I have never played up there at Louisville or coached up there. I guess that will be a huge challenge for us early to go up on Thursday night with about three days to get ready. I think that will be a big test for us early in the year. I think the schedule sets up well. I mean you wish you had an open date but you do not control those type of things. After Notre Dame, we play nine in a row, hopefully ten in a row with the conference title game."

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