Swinney: No. 9 Tigers, No. 3 Seminoles about even

The Associated Press
Swinney: No. 9 Tigers, No. 3 Seminoles about even
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Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says his ninth-ranked Tigers are more even with No. 3 Florida State than the lopsided score in Saturday's meeting indicates.

Swinney said Tuesday after watching film of the 51-14 trouncing, he believes if the teams played 10 times, ''We'd probably win five, they'd probably win five.''

Swinney says he isn't taking away from the Seminoles' dominating performance. Florida State put up a record number of points for opponents at Death Valley. And while Swinney says there were a couple of areas the Seminoles ''were a bit ahead'' of his Tigers, he believes Florida State just caught Clemson on a bad night.

Clemson and Florida State aren't scheduled to play again until next season.

The Tigers (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) play at Maryland (5-2, 1-2) Saturday.