Swinney after Orange Bowl loss: Tigers not falling off

By Will Vandervort
Courtesy The Journal

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Dabo Swinney looked over at quarterback Cade Klubnik, running back Will Shipley and defensive end K.J. Henry late Friday night and chuckled after being asked if the Clemson football program has fallen from college football’s elite ranks.

“I don’t really know what to say to them,” Swinney said. “We are 11-3. Sure, I wish we were undefeated, but we have won the league seven out of the last eight years. I think that has only happened one other time, and that was in the (1970s) by Alabama.”

The question came after Clemson’s season ended with a 31-14 loss to No. 6 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. The loss to the Volunteers was the No. 10 Tigers’ third defeat against a non-conference Power 5 opponent

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