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Dabo Swinney Lists Off 4 Teams That Got ‘Punished’ This Season For Playing More Games
© Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
While on ESPN this week discussing his ranking, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney listed off four teams that he believes were “punished” for playing more games than other teams (a.k.a Ohio State)...
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“First of all, my vote don’t mean anything. But it means something to me, you know? It’s my poll. I do it. It creates a stir because we just so happen to be playing Ohio State. It has nothing to do with Ohio State — absolutely zero. You can change the name to Michigan or Georgia or Florida or Tennessee or Nebraska. Anytime you have a top-10 (ranking), it should be that special. This year it’s like really, really, really special and I wanted it to be that way. And so, I wanted to recognize the teams that played nine games or more. And so, if you didn’t play nine games, I just didn’t consider you for the Top 10. That’s why (the Buckeyes) were 11 (on Swinney’s Coaches Poll ballot),” Swinney said.

“Obviously, they’re a great team. They’re plenty good enough and talented enough to beat us and good enough to win the national championship. But in my opinion, I don’t think that it’s right that three teams have to play 13 games to win it all and one team has to play eight. What universe am I living in? And it has nothing to with them. It was about qualifying. And I didn’t think they were qualified, based on the number of games, versus all these other teams. … In my opinion — Texas A&M, Florida, Oklahoma, Cincinnati — they got punished for playing more games.”
(The Spun)
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To all you whiners...Dabo isn't whining about anything he's stating a principled position and a belief based on his value system. Ohio State were the fkg whiners before they got the gift from the committee. Basically the selection committee has established that unless you are a power school you ain't gonna play for the championship under any circumstances...regardless of your record you ain't good enough.
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Everyone needs to know my opinion about everything.—— Dabo
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He doesn’t see the irony in a team having an easy path to playoffs in the ACC...
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He is correct
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For a guy who shouldn't whine and bitch a lot, he sure whines and bitches a lot.
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He is ??% right and we have all seen this movie before many times. Will be clemson vs bama in the final.
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He's right!
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He is right
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He's right!
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IDK man, I just don't think A&M is good enough, having watched a few of their games.
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He’s right by frick Dabo.. Same guy was complaining they weren’t getting love last year when they went the whole season without playing someone with a pulse. He’s a whinny, hypocritical bitch.
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He's right !
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We will never hear the end of crying if Dabo loses to OSU. A crying Dabo is a sweet sound to me. C'mon OSU.
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Oklahoma???? they have 20x more talent than anyone in Big12 and had 2 big12 losses, and nearly lost to ISU again. frick them
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hes such a titty baby
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He is punishing OSU. None of those other teams are being punished or had a chance to win it all. If they did, they would not have lost and would be in.
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Cincy should've been in over Notre Dame. They went undefeated and won 3 games against top 25 teams. They did what they were supposed to winning games convincingly and deserved a shot. If you are going to leave them out simply because their roster lacks the star ratings then why do we even play the games?
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So sick of hearing from Dabo. Just shut the hell up and coach
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Is he wrong? No.
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Well, he's actually right on this occasion. Ohio State doesn't deserve to be in the playoffs.
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Ohio State getting in with 6 total games is a fricking joke.
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This is no different than a typical year when teams play radically different out of conference schedules, and some conferences play 9 games in-conference and others 8.
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nobody cared when LSU had to beat bama 2x to win the championship, so I don't care about Dabo's whiny complaint either.
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He wanted an easier semi match up. Though I agree with him, he's whines like a bitch.
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we got the playoff because the rematch game LSU should have played OSU that year and would have remained undefeated
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One of the few times i agree with him. Its going to be bama and clemson anyway
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