Clemson takes on Alabama in the championship game on Monday and when it comes to the Tigers being seven-point underdogs against always-strong Alabama, linebacker Travis Blanks isn’t having it.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, including SEC Country’s Connor Smolensky, Blanks pointed out how many different times Clemson had been labeled an underdog over the course of the regular season and how the team being undefeated spoke for itself.
“You go back to every big game we played this year, we were underdogs,” redshirt junior Travis Blanks said. “Notre Dame, Florida State, just go down the list. Some people picked us as an underdog in the ACC Championship against North Carolina. Oklahoma, this year and last year. It’s just all bologna.”
Blanks certainly has a point, but none of the teams he mentioned are even on the same level as the Crimson Tide. Coached by an incredible recruiter in Nick Saban, Alabama could probably beat the NFL’s worst team under most circumstances. The offensive line is ridiculously strong, the front seven borders on deadly and star running back Derrick Henry is a human Mack truck whose hood ornament is the Heisman Trophy.
That being said, considering how Alabama has just run wild over every single opponent since losing at home to Ole Miss early in the season, it isn’t at all surprising that Clemson is listed as an underdog heading into the game.
Either way, expect plenty of fireworks on the field for the championship game on Monday and be sure to tune to ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET!
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