FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2013, file photo, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney walks on the field before an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md. Swinney believes his 22nd-ranked Tigers are ready for their big opportunity this week against No. 1 Florida State. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has seen too many underdog success stories to worry about what others think of his team's chances at top-ranked Florida State this week.
Swinney said the 22nd-ranked Tigers (1-1) have practiced with confidence and urgency in prepping for the Seminoles (2-0), their Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winstson and the perception they have less chance of winning this time than a year ago in their 51-14 Death Valley debacle.
Clemson is a 20-point underdog, a massive margin for a game between ranked opponents.
Swinney recalled his senior season at Alabama in 1992 when the Crimson Tide were two-touchdown underdogs to No. 1 Miami. Alabama won the national title game, 34-13.
Swinney said Alabama didn't see itself as an underdog and the Tigers don't now.