He made similar comments before the game, and now even after Nebraska lost to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl, QB Taylor Martinez remains bullish on the Big Ten over the SEC. It’s not about which team was more talented or athletic because we know that answer already. Or about which conference is the best, as we know that already, too. But according to these quotes from the Husker Extra, it’s funny how Martinez refuses to give his opponents any credit:

Martinez did anything he wanted except win. The Husker’s offense fizzled out after a third-quarter fumble, and Georgia torched the Huskers’ top-rated pass defense to the tune of five touchdowns.

Nebraska did rack up an impressive 443 total yards against Georgia’s defense. But let’s face it, several teams put up numbers against Georgia’s defense. They were underachievers in ‘12 after finishing in the top five in total defense in 2011.  Martinez called Georgia ‘one of the top defenses in the SEC’.  They weren’t in the top five.

The Big Ten played decently in bowl games, with Michigan and Nebraska playing South Carolina and Georgia tough, and Wisconsin played Stanford tough as well. Northwestern whooped Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl, giving the Big Ten only its second win of the bowl season.

Ironically, Nebraska had the #1 pass defense in the country, and it was their defense – not Georgia’s – that couldn’t get it done down the stretch. But that doesn’t help Martinez’s argument.

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