On a collision course with Urban

Urban Meyer got an inside look at the Clemson football program back in 2011 when he was serving as a color analyst for ESPN.  

"That was the first-time I really got to witness a game in Death Valley and I really didn't know Dabo [Swinney] before that. And I was really impressed, that was the first time I really got to see that offense," Meyer said, before clearing his throat. "I lost my voice a little bit yesterday.

"I was very impressed with the crowd and the atmosphere, the great talent -- I got to spend the day there. I have a lot of respect for Clemson."

Meyer was so impressed by the Tigers' high-powered offense and its first-year coordinator that he tried to smuggle Chad Morris up to Ohio State with him to run his offense.

Two years later, Clemson still has a few of those key pieces on offense -- Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant.

"I've seen them up close and personal, and recruited some of those guys," Meyer said. "The athleticism at receiver is ridiculous. The element of the quarterback running and the throw, that's what we've been [saying] for years, it's difficult to defend. There's no question, this team is terrific.

  "With their offensive coordinator and their program, their offense is great. What really makes everything go is their athleticism at receiver."

  Swinney is equally impressed with Meyer's quarterback, Braxton Miller.

"First of all, [Miller's] a great winner. He has lost one game in two years. That's the No. 1 thing that jumps out at me is he wins," Swinney said. "He's a very capable thrower. He's like having a running back that can throw the football. He's fast. He's powerful.

"I've had an opportunity to see those guys play on several occasions, including last night. Just an outstanding football that can beat you a lot of different ways, that's why they've rushed the ball so well this year.

"That quarterback, to go along with that big back they have is a great combination. He's just a great winner. To be 24-1, that's pretty doggone impressive."

Clemson will begin preparing for Ohio State this Friday for their first practice since the loss to South Carolina.

"I'm proud of the season that we had. We're trying to have back-to-back 11 win seasons. That's what we're focused on," Swinney said. "What's happened in the previous 12 games is behind us. It's a one game season now. We're trying to accomplish that goal, and that's win the bowl game."

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