“For us, I think we played best when we are the underdog and nobody believes in us,” said Allen. “You guys have probably heard that a hundred time. I don’t know. It’s when we thrive. They put their socks on the same way we do in the morning. There’s no magic to it. They’re just guys like us. And I think we’ll be ready to play.”
Like other Spartans, Allen found a few days off to heal a help. However, he also knows the game is a grind.
“It’s good to get a little time off,” he said. “We got the last couple of days off. At the same time, it’s is football and you are at the end of the season. And - I don’t know - it’s kind of ‘What do you expect this late in the season?’"
Does Allen feel the Spartans enter this year’s Cotton Bowl with a different mindset from a year ago?
“Yeah,” he said. “I think there’s more on the line obviously. But at the same time, it’s still a game and we got to approach it like that, just do your job. If you beat the guy across from you, you’ll be fine.”