Sooners relish rare role as underdogs

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

MIAMI - Oklahoma will be playing in an unaccustomed position Thursday night when it faces Florida in the FedEx BCS Championship Game.

The Sooners are an underdog in the upcoming game. It's the first time that Oklahoma hasn't been favored since Oct. 28, 2006, when they were a slight underdog ifor a game at Missouri. The Sooners won that game, 26-10.

Since then, the Sooners have been favored in 33 straight games.

"We're coming into this game with a chip on our shoulders," Oklahoma running back Mossis Madu said. "There's been a lot of bulletin board material written about us the last few weeks. We see what everybody says and know we're the underdog."

But Madu said his team is excited about its oppotunity because it so rarely is not favored.

"Actually, we like being the underdog because it so rarely happens," Madu said. "I'm excited for the chance to prove people wrong. I think everybody else on the team feels the same way."