Back in 2014, Oklahoma lost to Clemson, 40-6, in a game that can only be viewed as incredibly ugly from a Sooners perspective.
It’s obvious that the team would use that game as motivation, but they are also using things said during the game as motivation. The game was broadcast on ESPN last year, and the players weren’t to happy with some of the remarks that were made.
“There’s a lot in that broadcast where they take shots at us,” quarterback Baker Mayfield said via ESPN. “We take that as disrespect. That motivates us.”
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard added that despite the comments being disrespectful, it was something the players needed to hear.
“Everything they said was rightfully so,” he said. “They were saying it looks like a bunch of guys that aren’t ready to play. To anybody looking at that film, they’re going to say the exact the same thing.”
They will need all the motivation they can have when they go up against the number one team in the country on New Year’s Eve for a shot at the National Championship. And if that’s what gets them even more ready for the game, the Tigers may have to be at their best to even have a chance.