South Carolina football: Gamecocks DE Chaz Sutton upset over underdog status

South Carolina DE feels being the underdog to Wisconsin is a 'slap in the face'

12/30/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Even with its recent 31-24 home loss to Penn State and the overwhelming national outlook of the Big Ten Conference pictured as weak, No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3, 6-2) comes in as a slight favorite (-1.5) over No. 9 South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC) in the Capital One Bowl. Blog Photo - South Carolina football: Gamecocks DE Chaz Sutton upset over underdog status

This doesn’t sit right with senior defensive end Chaz Sutton, who believes the Gamecocks have earned the right to be the said projected winner for this year’s top non-BCS bowl.

"I don't want to sound like the cocky-type guy, but I kind of take it as a slap in the face," Sutton said during Monday’s players/coaches press conference. "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."

It does seem a bit strange that South Carolina isn’t favored to handle Wisconsin, yet alone come out on top. The Gamecocks have won five games in a row, including a road win at then-No. 5 Missouri and at home vs. sixth-ranked rival Clemson.

Even Badgers senior linebacker—who was first-team All-Big Ten and the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Award winner—was a bit surprised to see the favorable Vegas odds.

"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.”

South Carolina senior guard Ronald Patrick cleared Sutton’s comments up bit, preferring to look at the underdog status as an opportunity to change some minds on the way outsiders view the program.

"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."

The Capital One Bowl takes place in Orlando, Florida on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m.

*All quotes were obtained first hand.

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