LeBron James throws shade at Clemson coach Dabo Swinney after Ohio State romp in college football semifinal
The 11th commandment: Don't vote your bowl game opponent outside the top 10 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
If Ohio State didn't have enough incentive after last year's College Football Playoff loss to Clemson, Dabo Swinney added to it by voting the Buckeyes at No. 11. Swinney then defended his rankings, saying, "If people have a problem with that, I don't really care. It's my poll."
Los Angeles Lakers star, and Ohio State Buckeyes fan, LeBron James noticed Swinney's slight. And late in the Buckeyes' 49-28 rout of the Tigers, LeBron tweeted: "I’m looking forward to seeing what Dabo answer is when they ask him if he still think @OhioStateFB is the 11th best team in the country."
Cleveland's Major League Baseball team also piled more shame on Swinney, tweeting, "Congratulations to the 11th ranked team in the country on becoming the lowest seed to ever make the #CFBPlayoff Championship."
Swinney now is part of bowl infamy, having coached two teams that have allowed six TD passes by one player (Geno Smith in the 2012 Orange Bowl is the other).
Justin Fields of Ohio State surgically dissected Clemson in Friday's Suger Bowl, throwing six TD passes. He was 22-of-28 for 385 yards in outplaying Trevor Lawrence, whose Clemson career likely came to an end on a sour note and with a last-pass interception. Lawrence currently is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars already have clinched the top pick.
Ohio State will meet Alabama, which crushed Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, on Jan. 11 in the College Football Playoff championship game.