Swinney, Wilson, Tucker and Two-Year Conference Bowl Records

**  Dabo Swinney had the better team but got outcoached.
**  Alabama tight end O.J. Howard spent much of the evening running free in the Clemson secondary.  The Tigers completely lost track of him twice in allowing scores from Alabama’s side of the field; it reminded the observer of the old saying, “Fool me once…”  Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables did not adjust, and Howard wound up with more than 200 receiving yards.
**  Of course, there was also the matter of the popped up onside kick, on which the outcome turned.  Alabama coach Nick Saban of a member of his staff had clearly seen an exploitable weakness in the Clemson kickoff return team’s deployment.

**  His team ranked 120th in total defense, allowing a ghastly 509.5 yards per game.
Second-to-last in pass defense, nationally.
**  And coach Kevin Wilson of Indiana gets a new contract?  Based on what?
**  The Hoosiers lost six games they could’ve won, including the Pinstripe Bowl to Duke.   And that defense was among the slowest, least athletic, and worst in college football.

**  Mel Tucker will be new coach Kirby Smart’s defensive coordinator at Georgia.  Tucker spent the 2015 season coaching defensive backs at Alabama.
**  He brings to Athens 10 years of NFL coaching experience, including stints as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.

C O N F E R E N C E    B O W L   R E C O R D S                                                                                               Conference               2015-2016      2014-2015          Two-Year Total    Pct.
. Conference USA           3-2                  4-1                          7 –   3            .700
.       SEC                           9-2                 7-5                          16 – 7            .696
.   PAC-12                         6-4                 6-2                          12 – 6            .667
.   Big Ten                         5-5                 5-5                         10 -10            .500
. Mountain West             4-4                 3-4                            7 – 8             .467
.  Sun Belt                        2-2                 1-2                            3 – 4             .429
.    MAC                            3-4                  2-3                           5 – 7             .417
.   Independents             0-2                 2-1                            2 – 3             .400
.     ACC                            4-6                 4-7                            8 – 13           .381
.   Big 12                          3-4                 2-5                             5 – 9            .357
. American Athletic        2-6                 2-3                             4 – 9            .308

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