Shaq Lawson has compared Alabama to a bully at middle school on College Football Playoff media day.
The Clemson defensive end is in line to suit up against the Crimson Tide in the national championship game on Monday at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
That’s if he can recover from a sprained MCL – something he’s given himself 60% chance of doing.
While both teams go into the game in formidable form – Clemson beating OU emphatically 27-17 and Alabama smashing Michigan State 38-0 two weeks ago – it’s Nick Saban’s boys who are arguably favourites.
If Saban and his Tide team win tomorrow, it will be the program’s fourth under his stewardship.
But Lawson and Clemson don’t look at the experience of Alabama as something to be scared of.
Instead, the defensive end – who will head for the NFL Draft after this – has compared them to bullies in middle school.
And we imagine the Tigers want to dish out some punishment on Monday.
Lawson, speaking at the media day, said, via ESPN: “We’re all men. You can’t look at a jersey and (determine) how good a team is.
“Alabama is like a bully in middle school.”
There will be more from both teams as the media day continues the rest of Saturday.