Bralen Trice is ready for Washington’s CFP National Championship appearance.

Trice has been a leader for the Huskies all season, and he delivered one of his best games of the year against Texas. He was named the Sugar Bowl Defensive MVP after delivering 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss as Washington got after Quinn Ewers for much of the game.

Asked what kind of a statement Washington delivered, Trice admitted it was “huge” with the program constantly disrespected as underdogs. Despite a 13-0 season and Pac-12 title, the Huskies entered the Sugar Bowl as underdogs to Texas.

In the end, it worked out okay:

“Huge statement,” said Trice about the performance. “I mean, we’re always disrespected, always made the underdog but look where it got us, right? Big Dawgs, go Dawgs!”

Now, the task turns to facing Michigan, running back Blake Corum and quarterback JJ McCarthy with the Wolverines an early 4-point favorite per ESPN Bet. However, facing the No. 1 seed isn’t going to bother Trice after everything Washington has faced.

“Bring it on, let’s go,” Trice responded with a shrug during the Sugar Bowl trophy presentation. “Business! Business is business!”

Monday’s CFP National Championship will pit a pair of 14-0 programs against each other, and it will be another matchup with the Huskies playing the role of underdog. That hasn’t stopped Kalen DeBoer’s program against Oregon and Texas to finish the season, but we’ll see if Washington has what it takes to hang with Michigan in Houston.