Published December 31, 2013 - 9:25amNEW: Follow on facebook -
South Carolina and Wisconsin are both playing the ‘lack of respect’ card ahead of the Capital One Bowl.
Carolina senior DE Chaz Sutton was asked yesterday about nine-win Wisconsin being 1.5-point favorites over No. 9 and 10-win South Carolina, and Sutton said it was a slap in the face to the Gamecocks.
“I don’t want to sound like the cocky-type guy, but I kind of take it as a slap in the face. As a team, collectively, we work hard and we bust our butts at practice every day and listen to what the coaches tell us to do.
“For us to be a highly ranked team coming into this game and to be labeled as the underdog, we kind of take it as a slap in the face as a team collectively, because we know what kind of guys we’ve got coming to this ballpark on Wednesday to play in this game. We just feel like we deserve way more respect than we’re getting right now.”
Senior guard Ronald Patrick echoed Sutton’s sentiments.
“If you look at the numbers, it would be a slap in the face,” he said. “But it can also mean we have a chance to prove a lot of people wrong. Being the underdog, just coming out fighting and the game will tell itself at the end, when the clock says zero-zero.”
Out of 10 SEC bowl games, only South Carolina and Auburn were named underdogs.
Wisconsin’s All-Big Ten linebacker Chris Borland was also surprised to see the Badgers were the favorite, but he didn’t hesitate to throw the SEC bias card out there, too.
“I was a little surprised,” Borland said. “We’re confident that we’re going to win—it’s just there’s a huge SEC bias out there that they’re a great conference, which they are.”
When Carolina and Wisconsin were first named to play in the Capital One Bowl, I wasn’t too giddy about it. However, this game is becoming more intriguing by the day.
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