CLEMSON — The simple quote you see above, said by Dabo Swinney at his weekly Tuesday press conference, ignited a firestorm on Twitter, understandably considering No. 3 Florida State’s 51-14 throttling of No. 9 Clemson on the Tigers’ own field Saturday night.
Here’s the entire quote, for context. The question was posed to Swinney if Florida State was better than he thought the Seminoles were going into the game.
“I thought they were a great football team. I think they’re a team if we play them ten times, we’d probably win five, they’d probably win five. That’s probably about where it is. That’s not taking anything away from them; they played a heck of a game, and we certainly didn’t give ourselves a chance. We didn’t give our fans a chance. You can’t make those mistakes and even really assess it as far as where you are competitively.
“They’ve got a couple of areas where they’re a little bit ahead of us that I think we’re going to catch up. But I think pretty evenly matched football teams. We didn’t play well, didn’t go our way. But they’re not that much better than us, and we certainly ain’t that bad of a football team. There’s no doubt about that.
“But they’re really, really good. They might be the best team in the country, they very well could be, we’ll find out. But they don’t have a lot of weaknesses. They’re good up front, both sides; so are we. They’re good at backer; so are we. They’re good at receiver; so are we. They’re good at quarterback; so are we. They’ve got a little more depth at running back than maybe we have right now, from an overall standpoint. A little more depth in the secondary than we have right now. I think we’re coming, we’re going to get there, we’re going to be really good in the secondary the next few years. We’re coming, there. Both good at kicker, both good at punter.
“So we’re similar programs. But it wasn’t our night the other night. Gotta give them all the credit for that.”