Dabo Swinney Believes The SEC Isn't As 'Deep' As It Used To Be
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In an interview with ESPN, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney discussed how he isn't buying that Alabama National Championship loss was because they were worn out by their tough SEC schedule...
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“My thing on that is, ‘Are you serious? They’re tired?’ Then you look at Clemson, and we won 12 games by 20-plus. Who really challenged Alabama in the SEC? They didn’t get challenged by anybody until the Georgia game [for the SEC championship]”

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“Listen, the SEC is a great conference, but I don’t think they’ve been as deep the last few years,” Swinney told ESPN. “I think they’ve had two or three really good teams and then it’s kind of been hit or miss from there. It’s an awesome league, for sure, and I know people say that Alabama was tired because they went through the grind and had to play all these teams. Well, they won by an average of 33.1 points per game [going into the playoff], so they ought to be well-rested,” Swinney added to ESPN.



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“I think they’ve had two or three really good teams and then it’s kind of been hit or miss from there.” Two or three is already better than what the ACC’s putting up. That said, the “worn out” excuse is pretty bad.
Reply1 month
2nd straight Dabo/Clemson article on SECr. Bout time to rename this the ACCr.
Reply1 month
Can somebody tell me how many top 10 teams are on the Clemson schedule this year?
Reply1 month
Lol. Again, preseason? How many legitimate top 10 teams are on Alabama’s schedule?
1 month
Top to bottom the SEC is a better conference. But the 28 point loss the Alabama Elephants had that was dished out by the Clemson Tigers was an "Arse Whopping'! Alabama was out coached, out schemed, and out played. The Elephants were absolutely worn out, after that "Arse Whooping"! LOL
Reply1 month
I saw a strength of schedule ranking recently. 6 of the top 10 hardest schedules were SEC teams. Clemson's SOS was #66. I mean...come on.
Reply1 month
Preseason ranking? Clemson has finished ahead of South Carolina in SOS ranking more times than not the last few years.
1 month
The "worn-out" excuse is ridiculous, but let's not act like the ACC compares to the SEC Dabo.
Reply1 month
SEC still deep, but other schools are adapting around nation to a more passing focused offense. Alabama has always been built to stop the run and that's why LSU has always had issues beating them. Some schools have been able to evolve to an offense that can compete/attack the Saban front 7. No other team in the ACC is worth a damn outside of Clemson.
Reply1 month
I think the obvious answer is "yes", the SEC is not as deep as it used to be. This was done by design. Even when it is "deep", there is still one team that is allowed to sit back and let someone else win it while they still get a shot at the big prize. It is becoming a self fulfilling prophecy.
Reply1 month
Am I missing something? Did Saban say they were worn out and that’s why they lost? Or has this become a media narrative because for some reason the media can’t quit asking Dabo about Alabama.
Reply1 month
I think this is more a reflection on how poor the ACC is. Clemson doesn't really play a meaningful game until the ACC Championship and the the playoffs. Dabo is trying to say that the SEC is the same gauntlet for Alabama as the ACC is for Clemson. Which is crazy talk!
1 month
Dabo tries so hard. SEC is in his head...even after he whipped Bama. He literally knew to the decimal point what Bama's margin of victory was.
Reply1 month
Tired is BS. Bama straight up got beat. The template is there - cheat, cheat, cheat, stockpile talent, then out-talent Bama. After all, it is what Bama has done, essentially, for 60 years.
Reply1 month
A&M sure gave Clemson a run for their money.
Reply1 month
Uhhhm . . . who cares what Dabo thinks?
Reply1 month
Yea the SEC is not very deep, not like that vaunted ACC schedule. Oh wait.
Reply1 month
Yea - check out his schedule .. easy to say playing in the ACC.. 2 top 25 teams TA&m and Syracuse- yea Syracuse-????. Joke
Reply1 month
He beat Bama so I'll give him a reprieve Clemson would not dominate in the SEC yearly though.
Reply1 month
Bama got beat, they basically beat everyone down they played in SEC so SEC sux.
Reply1 month
And Clemson needed questionable calls to beat A&M.
1 month
Is he right? The SEC includes 5 of the top 11 teams in the preseason coaches poll. Sort of speaks for itself.
Reply1 month
Did you say “preseason”?
1 month
Preseason Universities
1 month
I honestly didn't see anything wrong with what he said. He never claimed Clemson's schedule was any harder than Alabama. He said Alabama wasn't challenged until the SECCG. That's true. This past year was one, two, than everybody else.
Reply1 month
Is this where we pretend to have conference loyalty as if the sec doesn’t bend over backwards to accommodate certain schools at the expense of others? Frick dem Love ya Dabo
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