Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY
Published 11:38 a.m. ET Dec. 28, 2020

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Monday once more defended why he voted Ohio State No. 11 in his final Amway Coaches Poll ballot, saying, “If people have a problem with that, I don’t really care. It’s my poll.”

Swinney, whose No. 2-seeded Tigers play No. 3 Ohio State Friday in the Sugar Bowl national semifinal, mentioned he took his place based mostly on the variety of video games groups performed this 12 months in a schedule disrupted by COVID-19 points.

“It’s not that they’re not good enough,” Swinney mentioned on a convention name with reporters. “I just don’t think it’s right that three teams have to play 13 games to be the champion and one team has to play eight.”

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While acknowledging Ohio State is “good enough to beat anybody,” Swinney ranked the Buckeyes  so low in his closing regular-season poll as a result of he didn’t take into account groups that performed fewer than 9 video games for the highest 10. Ohio State wound up ranked third in the poll.

“There’s no question Ohio State is good enough to beat us,” Swinney mentioned. “They’re good enough to be the national champion. That’s not a question at all.”

OSU is a “wonderful program,” he mentioned.

Swinney’s ballot had Alabama No. 1 and the Tigers No. 2. The Buckeyes had been the highest-ranked staff in Swinney’s ballot to play fewer than 9 video games throughout the common season.

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