On the Beat: Syracuse coach Dino Babers on Clemson personnel: “IDK” and “OMG”
CLEMSON — Syracuse coach Dino Babers was asked about Clemson’s monstrous defense on multiple occasions Wednesday, so to convey just how talented he finds Brent Venables’ unit, Babers pulled out some entertaining text message lingo.
He was asked about what goes through his mind when he looks at film.
“I-D-K,” he joked, meaning, ‘I don’t know.’
Then he was asked about certain matchups that could help dictate the nature of the game when No. 2 Clemson travels to Syracuse for a Friday night showdown.
“I think their front four,” he began, “is O-M-G.”
For all of the praise Dabo Swinney gave Babers on Tuesday, Babers praised Swinney and the Tigers equally Wednesday, participating in the ACC coaches teleconference. Babers, who is in his second season at the helm of the program, spoke to what makes Clemson so hard to knock off in his eyes — a newer coach to the conference who clearly has a deep admiration for his fellow ACC Atlantic team. In his mind, Clemson is in an elite league of its own. But the Tigers are not unbeatable.
“Alabama’s different than everybody else. Clemson is different than everybody else,” Babers said. “Now, that being said, last year, the University of Pittsburgh found a way to beat Clemson, and they lost one game ... I think there are some teams in both conferences that can give those guys fantastic games, but they’re really, really good.”
Syracuse without injured safety again
According to local Syracuse reporters, Babers said there was a “zero” percent chance Orange safety Antwan Cordy will play against Clemson. Cordy reportedly has a hairline fracture in his lower leg sustained in the season opener. He told reporters earlier he was optimistic he would be ready to return for Clemson.
Syracuse QB in top 10 for passing yards
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey ranks No. 8 in the nation for passing yards with 1,802 yards and nine touchdowns to his name already this season. Kelly Bryant ranks No. 44 with 1,259 yards.
“If you give them any grass it all, they’re going to take it,” Dabo Swinney said. “If you get up in their face and press them it’s catch, cock and throw. The ball’s going downfield in a hurry.”
If Clemson beats Syracuse on the road Friday, it will be the Tigers’ 13th straight win on the opponent’s home field. That would tie Oklahoma for the longest streak in the nation with 13. Alabama also has 12.