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Swinney says he would love to play top-ranked Irish, says polls are "ridiculous"


  by - Senior Writer - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:34 PM
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CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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is apparently not a fan of the polls or the Bowl Championship Series.

Swinney, speaking Tuesday at his weekly press conference, was asked about Clemson’s lack of respect from the pollsters and the computers despite a 10-1 record, a seven-game winning streak and points by the bunches.

The Tigers are currently ranked 12th in the BCS standings. Ranked ahead of Clemson in the rankings are teams like LSU, Stanford and Texas A&M, teams that have two losses.

Swinney said that there is one team in particular that he would love to line up and play against.

“I think that's ridiculous. I think we can play with anybody,” Swinney told the media. “I'd love to play Notre Dame. Lord have mercy, I'd love to play Notre Dame. I think this team, where we are right now, is at a point where we are good enough and we can line up and play with anybody.”

The Tigers have scored at least 38 points in each of those games and has outscored the opposition 335-170. That averages out to a final score average of 47.85 to 24.28, and Swinney said it proves his Tigers are not just a team that is getting by.

“It's not like we've been barely beating people,” Swinney said. “We've played with passion and togetherness. Right now, we're as good as anybody out there. It's a coin toss right now. I am proud of our team. I don't think teams with two losses should be ahead of a Clemson or a Florida State. But some of that is perception. Some of that is a result of teams you play who aren't having good years. You don't control that - that stuff is year to year. You just have to be as good as you can be."

He then said that a win over arch-rival South Carolina would help that perception, as would a win in a bowl game.

“ If we finish strong, if Florida St. finishes strong, we'll be fine,” he said. “If we can continue to put consistency together as a program, then the perception changes. I get it. We have to earn it. I think I voted us fifth or sixth this week. That's where we should be."

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Front Page Story: Swinney says he would love to play top-ranked irish, says polls are "ridiculous"
Crump®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he would love to play top-ranked irish, says polls are "ridiculous"
74TIGER
Yeah, but we have drilled those teams, not just beat them, &
CUAllTheWay
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he would love to play top-ranked irish, says polls are "ridiculous"
icebucket
Did anyone ask him about Maryland leaving, future conference
cutigerbob®
Be Careful with that question....
TigerCC
I sometimes wonder...
Prime T. Tiger
Re: I sometimes wonder...
tigerfan29
some of y'all mistake rah-rah for wins..we lost to that team
Graphic Tiger®
That rant / speech / monologue / dissertation from our Coach
Rocky the Tiger®
Re: I sometimes wonder...
123me
BING-O (thank u)***
Prime T. Tiger
Can either of you gentlemen explain...
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Re: I sometimes wonder...
CUalum79ALLn65®
Re: I sometimes wonder...
jvtiger77
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he would love to play top-ranked irish, says polls are "ridiculous"
TigerDunes
Yeah - I'd much rather our head coach come out and say this.
Rocky the Tiger®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he would love to play top-ranked irish, says polls are "ridiculous"
dgcannon39
Why make such statements now? Dabo should wait and see...
kbtiger®
Step back from the ledge...
TigerCC
my guess is he was asked the question and he answered it***
El Tigre 1
Did you read ? He was asked a question about us getting
Rocky the Tiger®
Ole Dabo.
jvtiger77
Re: Why make such statements now? Dabo should wait and see...
dgcannon39
Why the #### is he talking about the polls and the Irish
tigerdrummer®
Most likely...
TigerCC
Cause he was asked--- A$$ hat
ChinkSNU
Real nice, Clark.***
tigerdrummer®
He's got a good point.***
deleted
Some people wouldn't know sarcasm if it slapped them
tigerdrummer®
Yes, or course. Sarcasm.***
deleted
Dabo needs to FOCUS. If he loses to SCAR he sounds like
Completely Solid Orange®
He knows we're gonna smoke those #### suckers***
CUinDE
Re: Dabo needs to FOCUS. If he loses to SCAR he sounds like
allorangeallthetime52®
It would be nice if you put the question in that elicited
jbvarnad
This is actually a brilliant move...
TigerCC
Re: This is actually a brilliant move...
lhaselden
hmm
Tiger_Paul
Don't lose to your rival 3x or the previous bowl game by 70
Injun Tiger
Take a lap...Clemson is 11th in the standings***
Sandy Springs Tiger®
The question comes 30 min after talking about USuCk....
TigerCC
Re: The question comes 30 min after talking about USuCk....
Clemsonhitter®
Huh?
TigerCC
Re: Huh?
Clemsonhitter®
Pollsters don't realize Clemson left so many TDs on the
Tiger Mayhem
Re: Pollsters don't realize Clemson left so many TDs on the
CUalum79ALLn65®
I think CU would be more likely to beat ND than other Top 10
Razzmatazz
Re: I think CU would be more likely to beat ND than other Top 10
sgt tiger®
Re: I think CU would be more likely to beat ND than other Top 10
tmac9wr
Re:David Hood
kg4tigers
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