Clemson coach Dabo Swinney spoke on the defensive Saturday. He explained why Ohio State was ranked 11th in the final coach’s poll, which sparked criticism.
Swinney told ESPN that he believed four teams were “punished” for playing more games. He has always insisted that teams that only play in six games cannot participate in the college football playoffs.
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“First of all, my vote doesn’t make any sense. But what does it mean to me, do you know? This is my poll. I did. It caused a sensation because we happened to be attending Ohio State University’s Competition,”
“Nothing to do with Ohio State University-absolutely zero. You can change the name to Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee or Nebraska. As long as you rank in the top ten [ranking], It should be very special. This year is really, really, really special, I hope so. Therefore, I want to know teams that have played in 9 or more games. Therefore, if you did not participate in nine games, then I did not consider you to enter the top ten.This is why [the Buckeyes] Is 11 years old. “
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“Obviously, they are a great team. They are good enough, good enough to beat us, and good enough to win the national championship. But in my opinion, I think it is not right for three teams to play in games to win 13 games. , A team must play eight games, in which universe do I live?
“It has nothing to do with them. This is a question of qualifications. Based on the number of games, compared to all other teams, I think they are not qualified…. In my opinion, Texas A&M University, Florida, Russia Cincinnati, Klahoma-They were punished for playing more games.”
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Clemson won the ACC championship, won the No. 2 seed, and will enter Ohio State University in the semifinals.