Oct 19, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts after the play during the first half against the Florida State Seminoles at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney says they'd beat Florida State five out of 10 times


Uh, so what game was Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney watching on Saturday night?

The then third-ranked Tigers were dominated by the then fifth-ranked Seminoles in every facet of the game. The Seminoles destroyed the Tigers 51-14 and wound up ranked second in the season’s initial BCS rankings.

“We’d probably win five, they’d probably win five,” Swinney told the Associated Press when asked what would happen if Florida State and Clemson played 10 times.

It actually gets even worse.

Swinney says he isn’t taking away from the Seminoles’ dominating performance. Florida State put up a record number of points for opponents at Death Valley. And while Swinney says there were a couple of areas the Seminoles “were a bit ahead” of his Tigers, he believes Florida State just caught Clemson on a bad night.

A score of 37-point margin of victory seems more than “a bit ahead” to most, but apparently not to Swinney.

Swinney’s Tigers will be back in action when they travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins at 3:30 pm EST. The Seminoles will also take the field at 3:30 pm EST when they host the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

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