NEW ORLEANS — Throughout all the questions reporters are asking Oklahoma players so far during Sugar Bowl week, one common theme has emerged.
“What’s it like to be a big underdog?”
“What’s it like to have everyone pick against you?”
“Does being such a big underdog motivate you?”
Not that those are legitimate questions, but they’ve been asked so often that some players are getting a little tired of it.
Sophomore linebacker Eric Striker — who hasn’t had a problem letting reporters know when he doesn’t like their questions all season — was asked Sunday morning if he’s tired of talking about his team’s underdog status.
“Yeah,” Striker responded. “It’s a terrible question.”
Striker then followed up with, “You guys can ask anything you want. I don’t care. But you’re not the only one who’s asked it — everyone has asked it. We’ll leave it all on the field.”
Alabama is more than a two-touchdown favorite to beat the Sooners on Thursday night in the Superdome, and the reason why isn’t any mystery. The Crimson Tide won three of the last four national championships.
“We love challenges,” said senior cornerback Aaron Colvin. “We’ve dealt with it all year. We’ve been picked to lose a lot of games this season, so it’s no different.”