COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Clemson's Dabo Swinney says if he were a casual college football fan, he would pick No. 4 Florida State to beat the 10th-ranked Tigers.
Swinney said Tuesday there are few teams in the nation, other than maybe No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 LSU, who'd be favored to beat the Seminoles on their home turf this season.
The Tigers enter their first Atlantic Coast Conference game as a two-touchdown underdog to Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC). That makes sense to Swinney, who says the defending ACC champions aren't that great a team yet despite their second straight 3-0 start.
Swinney said Florida State has shown explosiveness on offense and power on defense that make them among the country's best. It's the ACC's first matchup of top 10 opponents since 2007.