We had some serious drama in the Big 12 Championship, and Wisconsin looked like it might pull a huge upset in the Big Ten game, before Ohio State came roaring back. The ACC game was never in question though, and Dabo Swinney and Clemson capped off the season with a dominant 62-17 win over No. 23 Virginia.
The Tigers may be destined for the No. 3 seed, due in large parts to the weak ACC this season. It is hard to deny how Clemson has played since the near-loss to North Carolina.
Since that game, Clemson has won by at least 31 points every week. The Tigers have scored at least 52 points in five of the last six weeks.
Tonight’s performance was a record-setting one for Clemson. The Tigers are now the first team in FBS history to win five-straight conference championship games. That breaks a record set by Steve Spurrier, of all coaches.
From 1993-96, Spurrier’s Florida Gators won four straight SEC Championship Games, beating Alabama three times and Arkansas once to set that mark. Clemson just made it five straight against five different teams.
Swinney was well aware of that history after the game, and broke out his best impression of his former South Carolina counterpart, saying that he hoped that Steve Spurrier was watching this one.
Dabo brings up Spurrier and the Gators pic.twitter.com/bjkrTBAXkL
— Tony Agolini (@tonyagolini) December 8, 2019
Dabo Swinney will get the chance to add a third national championship to his impressive resume at Clemson. The Tigers will likely be the No. 3 seed, and play either LSU or Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
He’s been complaining about a perceived lack of respect by the media over the last few weeks. While many have taken exception with that idea, none of it will matter if Clemson can beat the Buckeyes or Tigers.
We’ll find out the final seeding for the four playoff teams tomorrow at noon.