Why is Georgia Loved and Nebraska Dismissed?

I actually think there are some fair points made in this post, but there’s one thing…

Defensively, things look a bit brighter for Georgia as they replace just three starters to NU’s five.  But then, the Bulldogs also replace their defensive coordinator while the Huskers will at least have the benefit of continuity.

No offense, but most of us see that as a feature for Georgia, not a bug.

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15 responses to “Why is Georgia Loved and Nebraska Dismissed?

  1. Mayor

    Georgia? A darling of the media? Who’d a thunk it??

  2. Silver Britches

    First of all, there was no accounting for injuries. Every prognostication I’ve seen so far is contingent on JSW, Marshall, Mitchell, and even Gurley getting back to their pre-injury form.

    Second, is there any doubt that Georgia’s ceiling at this point in history is demonstrably higher than Nebraska’s? We came within a finger tip of getting the opportunity to curb-stomp Notre Dame for the national title. Nebraska most recent memory of success involves getting absolutely bludgeoned by Miami, and that was a decade ago.

    We disappoint and go to the Gator Bowl. Nebraska has a good year. . . and goes to the Gator Bowl.

    • Silver Britches

      Oh yeah, and I think it’s well-established by now that bowl performance is a horrible indicator of the next season’s performance.

      • Macallanlover

        It isn’t just a horrible indicator of the coming season (with a new cast of players to mold together), it is a weak indicator of the prior season. Bowls are exciting and motivational to some and complete downers to others. Few mean anything to the players, and coaches approach them very differently. As a bettor, I try and stay away from bowl games unless I have a decent feel for who plans on coming to play above 80%. Bowls are a 1/2 step above spring games but are played with the number ones.

  3. Breezeword

    or maybe that Mark Richt and company just has a more endearing appeal than that of Bo Pelini. you know college football always awards the good guy

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Yep. CMR is one of the good guys. Pelini comes across kinda thugish.
      “Pelini, who has been Nebraska’s coach since 2008 and has an overall record of 51-21, shows his fondness for the F-Word.
      “It took everything in my power to not say, ‘F*** you, fans. F*** all of you.’ F*** ‘em.”
      “Our crowd. What a bunch of fing fair-weather fing—they can all kiss my ass out the fing door. ‘Cause the day is fing coming now. We’ll see what they can do when I’m fing gone. I’m so fing pissed off.”

  4. Deutschland Domiciliary Dog

    With all due respects to my ‘Husker buds who life up the mountain from me:

    1. The SEC. Georgia’s in the best conference, by far. Nebraska is not.
    2. In-state talent. Georgia has it. The Cornhuskers have to import from elsewhere.
    3. Nebraska is a smallish state with a total population less than half that of metropolitan Atlanta alone.
    4. Nebraska lacks a major urban center.
    5. Omaha, Nebraska’s largest TV market, ranks 76th. Behind Springfield, Missouri, and Spokane, and just barely ahead of Paducah, Coke City, and Huntsville.
    6. Nebraska’s 2014 Taxslayer Gator Bowl victory is properly discounted due to it being a rematch of the 2013 Crapital One Bowl in which the previous year’s loser was the motivated team on the field.
    7. The AJC has to pay attention to you if it is to be critical of you.
    • Normaltown Mike

      What is Coke City? Is that a nickname for Oklahoma city? I’ve never heard of it (I hope it’s a reference to cocaine use).

  5. NEB’s DL is going to be nasty this year. LBs are fast, too. I agree it seems odd UGA is getting a pass from outside media, but perhaps my pessimism isn’t as warranted as I think? I do think NEB’s defense will be better than UGAs this year, but that has more to do with UGA having a tire fire for a secondary than NEB being a dominant force.

  6. Jack Klompus

    My immediate reaction was to jump on the defensive, but I guess if I’m Husker fan, I would be wondering the same thing. I feel it’s not so much as the Huskers being dissed, it’s that the Dawgs are probably getting too much love.

    One thing I’ve been thinking about, as Silver eludes to above, is our injury issue. As of now, I think it’s still somewhat up in the air as to who we will have back from injuries. Marshall is still very iffy IMO, as is JSW and unfortunately, you can never really count on Malcolm Mitchell to be healthy. As of now, it seems that Gurley is the only one that we all feel confident is going to be a 100% and even he hasn’t been healthy a full season. Not to mention the O-Line (as it was mentioned in the article). That’s the offensive side and we all know, last year you just had to get the ball past the line of scrimmage and it was going to be complete. Right Matty Mauck?

    I do feel like it should be different with Pruitt, et al, but I don’t think I’m crazy enough to believe that just because it’s simple that all our depth problems will be overcome.

    • Your point about injuries is spot on. So many fans just assume JSW and MM come back and are good to go. This seems like a giant leap of faith for me, especially, as you point out, MM has never been able to stay healthy. Expecting both to be ready to go from jump street against Clemson seems incredibly optimistic.