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Dabo Swinney says Clemson would beat FSU five out of 10 times

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A few days after Florida State shellacked his team, 51-14, in front of a sold-out and raucous Death Valley crowd, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney soothed the lingering disappointment of the Tigers’ first loss by saying that his team is more even with the Seminoles than the score indicated.

Swinney watched film of the game and concluded on Tuesday that if the two teams played 10 times, “We’d probably win five, they’d probably win five.”

While being careful to take nothing away from FSU’s dominant performance, Swinney said that the Seminoles ‘were a bit ahead’ of Clemson and that they caught his Tigers on a bad night.

Just to remind everyone: Florida State ran up 565 yards of offense, notched 30 first downs, went 8-of-12 on third down conversions, held the ball 35 minutes, forced four turnovers and limited the Tigers offense to just 326 yards, 145 of them coming in garbage time.

This wasn’t a fluky performance. It was complete dominance over a quality team in a hostile environment.

Swinney just needs to let it go and move on before he starts to sound like the former Iraqi information minister.

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26 Responses to “Dabo Swinney says Clemson would beat FSU five out of 10 times”
  1. donovandancy says: Oct 22, 2013 5:59 PM

    Just shows Dabo is wrong 1 out of 1 time.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:08 PM

    He nearly busted his can running down the hill. You’d think he actually did and hit his head. They’d be lucky to win ONCE with both teams presently constructed. FSU is superior at every single position on both sides of the ball.

  3. solo076 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:15 PM

    The information minister was priceless.

  4. atxcane says: Oct 22, 2013 6:17 PM

    “Swinney said that the Seminoles ‘were a bit ahead’ of Clemson”

    It was that damn bus ride. FSU was playing 20 minutes ahead of Clemson all night!

  5. jets12 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:46 PM

    It is these kind of comments that make it very hard to take him seriously. His credibility takes another hit. Not sure what he thought he would gain by saying this.

  6. classyjacklambert says: Oct 22, 2013 6:52 PM

    He might be right but there’s no point in saying it. We got killed Saturday night and that’s all that matters.

  7. dkhhuey says: Oct 22, 2013 7:18 PM

    No – that was a COMPLETE ass whoppin in every single facet of the game. Sorry coach, you aren’t even remotely packing the guns to take down FSU that many times! So step away from the mike, S.T.F.U., and move on!

  8. jason1214 says: Oct 22, 2013 7:23 PM

    Well I guess there will be a hangover for the next month for Clemson. Dabo really? I’d expect a fmr Crimson Tider would just move on and not make such a pointless statement. Learn, adapt, get better.

  9. jmb795 says: Oct 22, 2013 7:26 PM

    5 out of 10? Which sport?

  10. jets12 says: Oct 22, 2013 7:36 PM

    No I don’t think he is right. This is two years in a row that Florida State has taken down Clemson. It was a comment that just opens itself up for ridicule and it should.

  11. mrlaloosh says: Oct 22, 2013 7:59 PM

    I miss ole Bagdad Bob. Master spinner. Sweeney is delusional. He “Clemsoned” himself!

  12. dcroz says: Oct 22, 2013 8:09 PM

    When you get taken to the woodshed, it’s best just to rub your sore backside and go back inside the house.

    It matters not whether Clemson would beat FSU 5 times out of 10, 9 times out of 10, or 99 times out of 100; they lost Saturday, and that’s all that counts.

  13. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 22, 2013 8:10 PM

    Did he watch the SAME game on film? Sour grapes.

  14. marcinhouston says: Oct 22, 2013 8:15 PM

    In 5 of 10 alternate universes the low score wins the game.

  15. gatorcheme says: Oct 22, 2013 8:27 PM

    It doesn’t matter how many games Clemson ‘could have won’. They needed to win only one and failed to do so. The rest is just noise.

  16. glmore says: Oct 22, 2013 8:35 PM

    Yabo Dabo Doo is a great recruiter, however as a coach he has a lot to learn.

  17. kinggator says: Oct 22, 2013 8:38 PM

    Even if it were coin flips I’d still favor FSU.

  18. hor2012 says: Oct 22, 2013 8:48 PM

    Sometimes you just have to laugh. The best thing he could have done was shut up and move on. I watched the game Saturday night and there was a clear advantage in talent for FSU. The Tigers are what they are a good football team, the problem is FSU is a great one. Also, I think the streak ends this year. There won’t be a SEC national champion

  19. floridacock says: Oct 22, 2013 9:23 PM

    Dabo is an idiot. May he always be the coach at Clempson.

  20. normtide says: Oct 22, 2013 10:29 PM

    Comical Ali was my favorite name for him. And yes, Dabo sounds liked him.

  21. earpaniac says: Oct 22, 2013 11:03 PM

    I hate to see what FSU would do if they got more than “a little but ahead” of them. We might be talking Georgia Tech – Cumberland here.

  22. Deb says: Oct 22, 2013 11:13 PM

    Dabo, don’t. Never make a statement like this after another team wipes the field with you. Just … don’t. Losing hurts. Don’t compound it by sounding like a loser.

  23. longborer69 says: Oct 23, 2013 4:12 AM

    He might be right, but if so, it would just demonstrate how pathetic he was at preparing his team.

  24. raiderufan says: Oct 23, 2013 7:32 AM

    Instead of worrying about how even the teams are after FSU took them to the woodshed he should maybe be thinking of new ways to teach tackling. The old ways aren’t working.

    Clemson’s tackling in that game was a joke. Almost every play could have been about 20 yards less if someone just stepped up with a solid form tackle instead of knee diving. Every replay showed about 4-5 unblocked players laying on thier stomach watching FSU run down the field.

  25. dhardy8207 says: Oct 25, 2013 2:22 PM

    Ok… well five out of 10 probably could be true, but it was the 1 time that they needed to win thats important..

    So much for the veteran schooling the freshman and showing him how to respond during high profile games. I do believe I saw Dabo giving his QB a pep talk on the sidelines….

  26. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2013 3:31 PM

    Why say anything, Coach? Just say something about your team, or your next opponent, and not say anything about the tail whipping you just suffered!

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