Dabo Swinney: 51-14 not barometer

Updated: October 22, 2013, 5:56 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says his ninth-ranked Tigers are more even with No. 3 Florida State than the lopsided score in Saturday's meeting indicates.

[+] EnlargeFlorida State's Jameis Winston against Clemson
Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesEven after losing 51-14 at home to Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said "we'd probably win five, they'd probably win five" if the teams were to play 10 times.

Swinney said Tuesday after watching film of the 51-14 trouncing, he believes if the teams played 10 times, "We'd probably win five, they'd probably win five."

Swinney says he isn't taking away from the Seminoles' dominating performance. Florida State put up a record number of points for opponents at Death Valley. And while Swinney says there were a couple of areas the Seminoles "were a bit ahead" of his Tigers, he believes Florida State just caught Clemson on a bad night.

Clemson and Florida State aren't scheduled to play again until next season.

The Tigers (6-1, 4-1 ACC) play at Maryland (5-2, 1-2) Saturday.

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