Though his team has been ranked in the top four in each of the last 12 College Football Playoff Rankings, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney does not care where the Tigers will be ranked tonight when the playoff committee releases its first top 25 rankings at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Many experts, including ESPN College Football Playoff Committee writer Heather Dinich, believe the Tigers will be in the top four when it’s announced. She thinks the committee will have Alabama No. 1, followed by Georgia, Notre Dame and then Clemson at No. 4.
“Number four is where it gets really, really difficult and I’m sure they are still sweating it out,” she said. “I would say Clemson, and I will say, despite the loss to Syracuse, and the total body of work, which is what they like to evaluate, you are looking at wins against Auburn, Boston College and Wake Forest have winning records.
“Louisville still has a winning record and that road win against Virginia Tech is still looking pretty impressive for Clemson.”
But Swinney doesn’t care about all of that, and when the rankings come out tonight, he and the Clemson football team will be wrapping up practice.
“They could have us tenth. It just doesn’t matter,” Swinney said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. “I mean it just really does not matter. If they have us second and we get our butts beat this week, it will not matter.
“If they have us tenth and yet we win out, we will be where we need to be. I think we would have played a pretty good schedule. We played a lot of teams that won a bunch of games and a lot of teams that have been in position to win some others. We’re a very competitive team so we just have to take care of business. It is just that simple. It just does not matter.”
Swinney said the only poll that matters is the last one, which will be released on Dec. 3.
“If you win, when it is all said and done, then you will have an opportunity,” he said. “When the last poll comes out, that’s the one that matters. That’s when you can really get a real answer to that question to how I feel and how I view it.
“Right now, it so irrelevant. I know it matters to the fans and all of that stuff, but it is so irrelevant to what is going to happen in Raleigh this week.”