The Tigers had no problems with the Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff last year.
Perhaps the most-surprising result of the 2016 college football season came in the College Football Playoff Fiesta Bowl, when Clemson shellacked Ohio State, 31-0, on way to the national title game.
Many had picked the Tigers to win that game, but few – if any – expected it to go like that.
Dabo Swinney did, though.
Clemson’s head coach revealed in a radio interview recently that he “knew” Ohio State was in trouble when he watched film before the game.
“Go back to last year. We’re trying to figure out a way to put four Big Ten teams in the playoff,” Swinney said. “And I didn’t pay no attention to the Big Ten. You just kind of buy it (the Big Ten hype), right? That’s just what’s out there.
“And then we get ready to play Ohio State and I start watching the tape, I watch every single game and I go in and tell our guys, I’m like, ‘Boys, these guys are in trouble.’ I mean, I’ve watched the whole league, I’ve gone through the whole league both sides, these guys are in trouble. And that’s exactly what happened,” Swinney said in an interview with Walt Deptula on 105.5 The Roar, per 247Sports’ Brad Crawford.
What will this season have in store for Clemson and Ohio State?
Both teams open the season ranked inside the top five of the Coaches’ Poll, with OSU at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 5.