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Clemson 's Swinney: No. 9 Tigers more even with No. 3 Seminoles than lopsided score indicates

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney runs down the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney runs down the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)  (The Associated Press)

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.