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ATLANTA _ Washington's players reacted with surprise and indifference when asked Tuesday morning about being a two-touchdown underdog against top-ranked Alabama in Saturday's Peach Bowl playoff semifinal.
"I didn't even know," said Huskies star wide receiver John Ross. "We didn't hear about that, actually."
Added running back Myles Gaskin: "Yeah, like John was saying. I didn't see it either."
The underdog is new for the No. 4 Huskies and one likely to be used as a motivational tool.
"I'm just glad we can still play the game at the end of the day, because if it was up to the media, I don't think we'd have a chance," said offensive guard Jake Eldrenkamp. "The nice thing about football is once you start the game, everything is equal on the playing field."
Alabama defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson says the Crimson Tide can't dwell on the point spread.
"I think maybe they are trying to fly under the radar and make us feel ourselves a little more and get big-headed and then make more mental mistakes on the field. We have to stay level-headed and go to practice every day like we are the underdogs and practice hard every day like we do the whole season."