Dabo Relishes Beating The Predictions

Clemson football has now gone six straight years of finishing higher than its preseson ranking. At his annual media golf outing, Swinney discussed how his team has done that for six seasons in a row.

Talking season continued Tuesday for Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney who last week, spent nearly eight hours in Charlotte at the ACC KIckoff, the league's annual preseason media gathering. 

But with the scene shifting from The Westin Hotel to The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Swinney's attire changed likewise. No coat and tie on this day - it was shorts, golf shirt and most importantly, comfortable golf shoes as Swinney hosted his annual media golf outing where he touched on a host of subjects including preseason polls.

This week's ACC preseason media poll revealed Clemson has been picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division behind Florida State, suggesting unlike last year, the Tigers won't be ranked second nationally when the preseason rankings are released.

Dabo Swinney isn't worried as his teams of late have been on a streak of overachieving when it comes to preseason polls. That obviously continued last year when Clemson finished the year on top of the college football mountain and it goes back to what Swinney told his team last summer.

"Five years in a row, boys, we've exceeded the preseason rankings," Swinney recalled Tuesday at his annual media golf outing.

"So it really doesn't matter and it just goes to show you ... But I'll tell you this, if we keep that streak going this year, because I think we were preseason number two, we're gonna have a helluva year."

The Tigers don't know where they will be when the preseason rankings come out but Swinney is banking on his program remaining consistent .

"I don't think we're going to be preseason number two, so maybe we have a chance to keep that streak going," Swinney said.

"But at the end of the day, that's not really our focus. We just want to be the best version of us each and every year. What that looks like, I don't know. Sometimes people judge your success and your team based on your record. It's a weekly thing, a judgmental thing, It's 'Bam! You lost a game and you stink'.  I'm always about being the best version of us week in and week out.. If we have that type of commitment, I can live with the results."

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