Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney had some interesting thoughts this week on the Tennessee Vols’ recent 63-38 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Swinney and Clemson are set to take on South Carolina this weekend in their regular season finale. On Monday night, Swinney was asked on his radio show about the Gamecocks’ strong showing against the Vols.
“They (Tennessee) were a little off offensively,” said Swinney of the Vols’ loss. “And then defensively, they weren’t a great defense coming into the game. And so they kind of got behind and man, it was big play after big play. South Carolina just executed incredibly well. They had a great game plan.”
Dabo Swinney had some thoughts on Tennessee last night pic.twitter.com/ln0I1GxvXT
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) November 22, 2022
“And then when you’re in Tennessee’s position and they’re like ‘ok, we beat South Carolina, we beat Vandy’, they’re in the playoffs,” added Swinney. “You know, they’re flipping burgers at the house, having a cold drink, watching the championship weekend, [and wondering] ‘what are we, are we three or four, where are we going? Are we in Arizona or are we in Atlanta?’ And next thing you know, you forget you gotta go to play. But I think you just got to give all the credit to South Carolina. I think they just flat-out kicked their butt.”
Tennessee fans probably won’t love these comments from Swinney, although it’s not like he’s totally wrong.
Vols linebacker Aaron Beasley admitted on Monday that Tennessee essentially looked past South Carolina, telling reporters that UT thought the Gamecocks would just “lay down”.
I really think the loss to South Carolina just comes down to not thinking SC was gonna give them a game pic.twitter.com/LaApY5tjsR
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) November 21, 2022
The Vols simply weren’t in the right mindset when they got to Columbia last weekend. And it showed on the field.
Tennessee, however, still has a lot to play for this season. And if they want to play in the New Year’s Six bowl game, they better treat their game against Vanderbilt this weekend like it’s a national championship game.
Otherwise, a dream season will quickly turn into a nightmare.
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