Swinney Focuses On ND, Not Polls


It’s not an uncommon opinion that the AP Top 25 and Coaches Polls should follow the College Football Playoff committee’s lead and wait until later in the season to start issuing their ballots. And it turns out one of the people who shares that opinion is one of the voters voting in them.

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is one of the 64 coaches voting in the 2015 Coaches Poll, but via Aaron Brenner of the Post and Courier, it doesn’t quite sound like he’s super-enthusiastic about fulfilling his duties this early in the season:


Everybody say it with me: tell us how you really feel, Dabo. As for his Tigers being ranked No. 12 in the AP, Swinney was diplomatic, but also couldn’t resist a barb at the expense of voters who’ve leapfrogged Utah, UCLA and LSU past his team in recent weeks:

Dabo might not have intended to argue his own point by noting the lightness of the Tigers’ early schedule — winning at Louisville on a Thursday night was a quality win, but Clemson’s other wins have come over Appalachian State and Wofford — but he does so with accuracy. Until most teams have at least a couple of league games under their belts, ranking them can be splitting the thinnest of hair and too often falls back on preseason assumptions that may or may not be accurate.

But of course, we the college football media and you the college football readership eat them up each and every week, so Swinney will almost certainly have to settle for wasting his time the next season he’s on voting duty, too. Sorry, Dabo.

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