After spending weeks bellyaching about Florida State allegedly using Covid-19 as an excuse not to play Clemson out of ... fear, I guess? ... Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney has said he would be hesitant to allow the Buckeyes of Ohio State into the College Football Playoffs.
According to 24/7 Sports, Swinney said that he wouldn't want a team that only played six games in the regular season to get a shot at the playoffs over Florida, Texas A&M, or the loser of the SEC or ACC Championship Games.
Thursday on the Rich Eisen show, Swinney said this:"I just think there has to be some type of standard. I just think it would be — if I was on a committee, it would be hard for me to leave out a 10-1 Texas A&M or an 11-game Florida team over a team that's played six games. That would be hard for me if I was on a committee, but I'm not on the committee. So it doesn't really matter."
Now, to start this: sure. I mean, at the end of the day, the Selection Committee's job is simple: put the four best teams in the playoffs. And the four best teams are the four best teams regardless of their competition. If the Lakers beat ten middle school teams en route to a title, their competition might've been subpar, but they were still the best team in the league - but that's another blog for another time. And, I would probably join Dabo on the "let Florida in" train IF the Gators can upset the Crimson Tide in the SEC title game - and I would keep Alabama in as well. And if Clemson beats Notre Dame in the title game, I'd let both of those teams in also - giving you both ACC title game competitors and both SEC title game competitors in the playoffs, leaving the B1G out completely, regardless of OSU's results in the B1G championship game.
But Ohio State is widely, not consensus, believed to be one of the best four teams, even if they only play six games. And that's the committees job - pick the best four.
So, using Dabo's logic regarding FSU: are they scared to play Ohio State? Do they want to duck them? I mean, despite UF being blazing hot offensively lately, I think the majority of fans don't believe that the Gators, or Texas A&M, is a better team than Ohio State.
Do you think Clemson just doesn't want to play the Buckeyes, or does Dabo truly believe OSU isn't one of the best four?
I'll leave that up to you.
You can find in this article the rest of the comments that Dabo made about Ohio State.