As Clemson got set to face Auburn last Saturday night in Death Valley, a particular set of people took interest in the game: not players, coaches or parents, but bettors. From the moment the point spread was announced for this game, it seemed that virtually every bettor in Vegas threw down money on Gus Malzahn’s club. Clemson opened as close to a touchdown favorite, but by kickoff was favored by just five points, meaning that an inordinate amount of money came in on Auburn. But then a funny thing happened, something that has become all too common for those who follow the Clemson Tigers: Dabo Swinney’s club went out and kicked you-know-what on the field. Clemson dominated Auburn in virtually every way a team can, holding AU to 119 yards of total offense and just six points, while tallying an almost unheard of 11 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. On offense, new quarterback Kelly Bryant emerged as a breakout star, as the Tigers won 14-6 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated. Looking back, this should have seemed so obvious for those who picked Auburn (myself definitely included): Of course Clemson would win. If we’ve learned anything over the last few years, it doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, who the opponent is, or what the name of the opposing head coach might be: Dabo Swinney and his team virtually always come out on top, even as everyone continues to doubt them. Watching Clemson Saturday night made me realize one thing: Even after winning a national championship and accomplishing basically everything a coach can, Dabo Swinney is still, somehow, the most underappreciated coach in the sport. Digging deep into his resume, there might not even be a close second.
Is Dabo Swinney underappreciated and underrated?
Fanrag Sports | Sep 13