The Oklahoma Sooners head into the Sugar Bowl as underdogs as they face the Alabama Crimson Tide, the team that has won back-to-back national championships. According to NewsOK.com on Dec. 22, a recent ESPN poll has Alabama as the fan's favorite to win and Brennan Clay says that is motivation for the Sooners.
The poll had a map of states and only the state of Oklahoma picked the Sooners to win, while 89 percent of American picked the Crimson Tide. Clay said those results suited him just fine because he and the Sooners play for the state Oklahoma. He said that it makes him proud that Oklahoma voted for them and that OU plans to "go out with a bang."
The Oklahoma Sooners had a trio of recruits from San Diego, with Brennan Clay joined by Kenny Stills and Tony Jefferson, and the three quickly were adopted by the state of Oklahoma. While Stills (New Orleans Saints) and Jefferson (Arizona Cardinals) both left for the NFL, Clay stuck around for his senior season, where he finally got a chance to start.
Over his career at OU, Clay ran for 1,869 yards with 913 this season, and has 13 touchdowns over his college career. While OU has struggled at times this season, they were still good enough to make a BCS bowl and get a chance to take on the best of the SEC in Alabama.
Brennan Clay believes that the Sooners can beat the Crimson Tide, and if they do, he said this year's Sooners team could push them back into the national title picture in 2014. He also said there is no reason to think they can't win, because Oklahoma plays at a national title level every season.