Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into one of the most successful programs in the nation. Along the way, he’s taken down Urban Meyer and Ohio State twice.
Clemson knocked off Ohio State in the 2013 Orange Bowl and in the semifinals of the 2016 College Football Playoff en route to a national title.
Last season, Clemson fell to Alabama in the semifinals of the CFP while Ohio State missed out on the playoffs despite winning the Big Ten.
With the 2018 season on the horizon, Swinney’s impact on Meyer is a topic of discussion.
Land of 10 believes Clemson becoming a national power is a source of motivation for Meyer.
“The rise of Clemson and the success of Dabo Swinney might seem unlikely motivators for Ohio State given the different conference affiliations and how relatively infrequently the two programs play each other,” Land of 10 reporter Austin Ward said. “But I do think the Tigers are at least partly responsible for a fire in Meyer that wasn’t exactly flickering, but is now clearly roaring at its highest level.”
While Michigan and Penn State are direct conference rivals of Ohio State, those bowl losses to Clemson definitely sting.
When a three-time national champion coach potentially has your program on his mind, that’s how you know you’ve arrived.