I don’t want to read too much into this – and I freely admit to heightened sensitivity because we heard so much similar talk in Athens the last two seasons – but does anybody else find it curious how Clemson folks are downplaying the outcome of Saturday night’s game? Here’s Dabo:
Swinney said Tuesday that his eighth-ranked Tigers can’t get too caught up in what happens against the Bulldogs at Death Valley, win or lose. There’s a long season remaining and even a defeat won’t derail Clemson from its championship goals.
“So what?” Swinney said about a potential Tigers’ win. “You’ve got to be careful. It’s not a one-all, end-all deal. It’s a long season. We’ve got 12 games on the schedule. Every opponent is critical. We’ve got much bigger goals than an opening game.”
Tajh Boyd is on the same page.
“This is not a make or break game, regardless of the outcome,” Boyd said. “It’s a long season. Win or lose, we’ll have to get ready for the next situation.”
I get the coachspeak aspect of this. And as I said, it’s not like we haven’t heard plenty of similar talk before out of Athens. It’s just that usually when we hear it from Georgia, it’s in the wake of losing a key game, not before the game’s been played. Speaking of which, it’s not how Richt is talking now.
“We’re trying to be in midseason form by Game 1,” coach Mark Richt said. “A lot of things have to be done to get us ready for that gauntlet. We know it’s coming. We’ll be ready.”
I’m not saying it’s going to have an impact in the opener. It’s just something that caught my eye. What do you guys think?