Clemson’s Dabo Swinney says no question LSU has home field advantage

WWL Newsroom
January 11, 2020 - 3:23 pm

by: Tim Zimmer

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney talked about being the “road” team once again in this year’s College Football Playoff, while playing on a neutral site in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

When asked if he thinks LSU playing in New Orleans will be an advantage; Swinney’s answer: “No question. I think we’re the only one who took a plane here. So it’s pretty cool. This is definitely a road game. It just worked out that way.”

Dabo’s Tigers took on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the CFB Playoff semi-final matchup in Phoenix, Arizona. Multiple players from Clemson mentioned the crowd noise being pro-Ohio State.

“The last one (Fiesta Bowl) was a road game. It’s a long way out there in Arizona. We may as well have played it in Columbus and made it a lot easier on everybody.

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It was probably about 80/20 (Ohio St) and our fans are amazing, but Ohio State...they got about 60,000 students. They have a lot of graduates, a lot of alumni...and we do too, but we’re just a smaller school.”

When asked about whether the game being in New Orleans was “unfair” or a “disadvantage” to his team...Swinney said it is what it is. 

"We don’t know those things in advance," Swinney said. "I think it’s really cool for LSU. How cool is that? Just hop on a bus and go 40 minutes or so. It would be like us playing for a national championship in Greenville.”

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