Alabama plays Clemson on Monday in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. The undefeated Crimson Tide will be playing for their second straight title and 5th in the last 8 seasons. Bama has the best defense in the nation by yards and points per game. Their offense has scored 39.4 points per game. They were ranked #1 in the preseason. They’ve been ranked #1 all season. They’re favored by around a touchdown.
They still feel like underdogs.
Senior linebacker Ryan Anderson, via ESPN:
"“We do feel like we’re underdogs right now.” Alabama wasn’t getting the respect he felt a team that’s been ranked No. 1 since the preseason deserved"
Senior linebacker Tim Williams:
"watching or reading some forms of media has rubbed him the wrong way lately because he is starting to see some people talk more about how Clemson, which lost 45-40 to the Crimson Tide in last year’s national title game, could beat Alabama. Talk of the Tigers winning “makes [him] mad watching it.” “[The media] is selling us as possible underdogs, possible upset”"
Senior tight end OJ Howard:
"“It’s kind of a slap in the face when you do something well all year and then your parents give the gift to your little brother and he just got an F on his test”"
Isn’t is weird what athletes do to themselves in the name of motivation?