Swinney says ACC is as good as any conference in the country

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was on the ACC teleconference on Sunday and answered a question whether he thought that the ACC conference gets enough credit nationally.

"No," Swinney said. "Not even close. We definitely don't get enough credit nationally. All we got to do is keep doing what we do. You can just look at yesterday I think the ACC was 3-1 against the SEC. I think we were 4-0 last year against the SEC on the rivalry weekend so that is 7-1 the last 2 years head to head."

Swinney reminded the reporter that Clemson had won several big-time non-conference games in bowl games and during the regular season.

"You look at the out of conference games we have been able to win," Swinney said. "Just for us alone the last four or five years we have had the opportunity to play and beat - Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame. Those are the things that change the perception. This is a really good league, a really good league. People for whatever reason sometimes don't give it the credit that it deserves. You look at what Florida State has done, winning the national championship two years ago and a chance to play for it again last year last year in the first-ever college football playoff. We don't take a backseat to anybody. We are not here to say we are number one. I'd just saying this league is as good as any out there.

Swinney thinks there are several powerful football programs in the ACC with Clemson (#1), North Carolina (#8) and Florida State (#10). All three ACC schools are in the Top 10 of the latest AP Poll released on Sunday.

"Nobody is going to be excited to play Clemson, nobody is going to be excited to play North Carolina or Florida State," Swinney said. "There is a bunch of parity in this league. I'm proud of the conference and I am proud to have an opportunity to play for the overall championship."

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