Over the last couple of weeks there’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not Ohio State should have been selected to play in the College Football Playoff and Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney’s stance on it.
Swinney has gone on the record saying that he does not feel that a six win team should be considered when all of the other teams played a full schedule of games. This stance, along with the fact that he ranked the Buckeyes at 11th in his final coaches poll, sparked many verbal attacks on Swinney.
Is he wrong? Is it fair that a team only has to play half as many games as the rest of the teams? The B1G had to vote to change their policy and allow a team that played less than six regular season games into their conference championship game or we might be talking about a team with five wins and no conference title as the fourth team in the playoff.
Is Texas A&M a better team? There’s no way to really know at this point but some would argue that they were more worthy. Their only loss was to No. 1 Alabama and they had twice as many games as Ohio State. However, they were blown out in that game and including them guaranteed a regular season rematch in the semifinal round.
My question to this is where in his statement has Swinney said that his Clemson team is better than the Buckeyes? I know Ryan Day has told his team that he’s guaranteeing that they will beat Clemson and Alabama but I’ve seen nowhere that Swinney has done that. He actually, considers them a rival and has said so.
For those that believe Swinney should just keep his mouth shut have not been following Tiger football, or college football for that matter. That just isn’t in his DNA, he’s going to give honest answers to what he’s asked. That is why you either love him or hate him. He is who he is and that just isn’t going to change.
Others have said that when you’ve done what he has over the last several seasons that you can say what you want. We all have the right to our opinion and that one is his.
As for whether or not these comments will hurt his team, that is yet to be determined. It’s up to his Tigers to prove that the Buckeyes, like Swinney has continued to say, don’t belong in the playoffs.