Coming into the College Football Playoff, Alabama looked unstoppable.
But a somewhat underwhelming offensive showing against Washington and a dominant performance by Clemson over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl has some national media wondering how invincible the Crimson Tide really are and even picking Clemson despite the 6.5-point spread in Alabama’s favor.
Alabama players have seen the talk, and they don’t like it.
“(The media) is selling us as possible underdogs, possible upset,” linebacker Tim Williams told ESPN’s Edward Aschoff. “We know what we have to come out there and do at the end of the day — put the cleats on.”
Williams also said that the underdog talk “makes (him) mad watching it.”
Meanwhile, linebacker Ryan Anderson said that “we do feel like we’re underdogs right now,” although he didn’t specify why the team felt that way.
Tight end O.J. Howard went on to call it a “slap in the face.”
“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,” tight end O.J. Howard said.