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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says his No. 8 Tigers can't put too much into facing No. 5 Georgia

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has played and coached in numerous openers and plans to treat Saturday night's game against No. 5 Georgia as just the latest one, nothing more and nothing less.But that's difficult when top-10 teams meet to kick off the season.Swinney said Tuesday that his eighth-ranked Tigers can't get too caught up in what happens against the Bulldogs at Death Valley, win or lose. There's a long season remaining and even a defeat won't derail Clemson from its championship goals."So what?" Swinney said about a potential Tigers' win. "You've got to be careful. It's not a one-all, end-all deal. It's a long season."Swinney said if you need proof, take a look at Alabama, which lost games in November each of the past two seasons, yet rallied to win the national championships. The coach said it's much more important for Clemson to compete hard, even if the Tigers come up short on the scoreboard."We've got 12 games on the schedule. Every opponent is critical. We've got much bigger ...

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