Dabo Swinney apparently was not impressed with what he saw on film leading up to last season’s Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.
In a radio interview this week, the Clemson football coach said he told his team that Ohio State “was in trouble” leading up to the game. He based his assessment on film he watched of the Buckeyes and the Big Ten. Swinney proved to be right as his Tigers thrashed the Buckeyes, 31-0, on their way to a national title.
But Swinney did not just call out Ohio State in his comments — he questioned the strength of the Big Ten. On WCCP’s Road Rage show, Swinney was asked about the strength of his own division in the ACC. He used his answer to take a shot at the Big Ten and the hype surrounding the league last December.
“Go back to last year, we’re trying to find a way to put four Big Ten teams in the playoff,” he said. “If they figured it out, they’d have done it. I didn’t pay no attention to the Big Ten. You just kind of buy it, right? That’s just what’s out there.
“We start getting ready to play Ohio State, and I watch the tape. I watch every single game. I go in and tell our guys, ‘these guys are in trouble.’ I watched the whole league. Going through the whole league, both sides, these guys are in trouble. And that’s exactly what happened. That’s a credit to our league.”
The Big Ten flopped during bowl season in 2016, going 1-3 in New Year’s Six bowls and 3-7 overall.
Maybe some Big Ten team will get a chance to change Swinney’s mind about the conference in about five months.