Dawgs must shake ‘been there, done that’ mindset against Cornhuskers

gator bowl logoA Georgia team that has suffered through extremely slow starts in its past couple of games now must get ready for yet another Florida bowl game against the same team they played on New Year’s Day last year.

They’ll be going up against a Nebraska team that also might not be thrilled with its bowl assignment, but which would like to avenge last year’s loss and end a three-bowl losing streak.

Will that make the Cornhuskers the more motivated team in Jacksonville?

True, the Bulldogs are now all talking the talk like the coaches want about respecting Nebraska and being excited about playing in any bowl game, but you’ve got to wonder how many of them are really thinking like receiver Michael Bennett initially did when he learned of UGA’s bowl opponent and tweeted: “Nebraska again? You kidding me?”

Michael Bennett initially wasn't too rah-rah about a rematch with Nebraska. (Associated Press)

Michael Bennett initially wasn't too rah-rah about a rematch with Nebraska. (Associated Press)

Bennett subsequently pulled that tweet down and now is on the bus, noting that he didn’t play in last year’s bowl game and so it will be “interesting” to play the Cornhuskers and he’s “excited about it.” Even if somewhat belatedly.

Bennett wasn’t the only Dog who would have preferred a different opponent. Georgia’s Chris Burnette admitted at this week’s media day that “I was kind of like the other guys who wanted to play Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, or another team we don’t normally get a shot to play against, but at the same time I wasn’t disappointed. I’m just glad we get to play another football game. This is my last go around so I’m not going to sit here and complain about who we’re playing because this is my last shot.”

Even Mark Richt, who is once again touting his boyhood Nebraska fandom in advance of this game, has allowed that he really hoped Georgia would face his alma mater, Miami — a combination that Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A Bowl considered and then passed up for Johnny Autograph.

The old saw in college football is that the team that wants it the most usually wins, and Burnette provided the postseason version of that this week when he said, “The team that wants to be there the most is usually the team that’s going to win.”

Or maybe in this case that should be the team that doesn’t want to be there the least.

The Nebraska fan base definitely seems not very juiced about the postseason this year, with news reports noting that Gator Bowl ticket sales are lagging among them and a travel package to Jacksonville was canceled due to lack of interest.

As for Nebraska’s players, they had hoped to be playing Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Arizona, but whiny Bill Snyder reportedly put the kibosh on that because of a past confrontation with Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, so a Michigan team with with a worse record was moved ahead of the Cornhuskers.

Still, if Huskers are also less than thrilled about a rematch with Georgia, they’re doing a better job of hiding it so far. Mostly, they’ve talked about needing a bowl win and remembering last year’s loss to Georgia. The game was tied 31-31 in the fourth quarter before Nebraska fumbled and Georgia pulled away for a 45-31 win. “They just made more plays than we did offensively and defensively,” Nebraska senior defensive end Jason Ankrah told the Lincoln Journal Star. “We didn’t feel they were tougher than us or outschemed us. They just made more plays than we did.”

And while revenge is usually an overrated motivational tool in college football, it does at least give Nebraska a starting point in getting up for the game.

“They’ll definitely remember what happened last year,” observed UGA receiver Chris Conley, a star of Georgia’s win last year.

While we won’t know until New Year’s Day what sort of mindset the Dogs will have, they’re at least saying the right things now about the rematch with Nebraska.

“I think we will get up for it just because it’s another opportunity to represent the Georgia Bulldogs,” Burnette said. “It’s always fun to play the game regardless of who we’re playing. We play the same teams in the SEC every year so I think it’s just like doing that. I think Nebraska is a good team and there’s a lot of good competition there, so we’ll definitely have to be ready for it.”

“We just want to win,” linebacker Amarlo Herrera said. “We had a good comeback win in the last game of the season and we’re riding high. We just want to keep the momentum up going into next year. We just want to win and build up momentum.”

And, noted cornerback Damian Swann, even though it’s the same bowl opponent as last year, “they played us tough. It’s going to be one of those games where we come in and we have to play our best. It’s just another opportunity to put another win in our column, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

Sounds good. Let’s just hope Georgia doesn’t have to play the Cardiac Kids role again, waiting until the fourth quarter to get into the game. We’ve already had too much of that this season.

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218 comments Add your comment

old dog

December 19th, 2013
10:35 am

The delusion that CTG’s D will work for us is beyond belief. Jarvis Jones said the D he now plays in in the NFL was much easier to learn..thats a helluva note. We have had NFL players and still could not be consistant. Thinking of a million different possibilities on a play is not good. A “cerebrally-incapacitated” person could tell our guys were lost and out of position much of the time. There is a difference between freshman mistakes, and a lack of knowledge/training etc. It may be the greatest defense in the history of organized athletics, but CTG is unable to teach it and/or get it across. Meanwhile, we are headed towards the bottom of the SEC in defense.

dawgfan

December 19th, 2013
10:36 am

The cards just haven’t fell Richt’s way. Never mind that you have to lose now fewer than 1 game to ever have a realistic shot at winning it all and he has only done that once in his entire 13 year career.

He just needs a little more luck.

dawgfan

December 19th, 2013
10:39 am

HEADED towards the bottom? You might want to go check the stats there Bud. We’re already there.

But a very wise man once said that “continuity is a good thing” so we all must keep that in mind.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 19th, 2013
10:41 am

old dog

Did you not see that the “defense has turned the corner”

and that

“Continuity is a good thing for Georgia”

dawgfan

December 19th, 2013
10:53 am

The defense did improve over the course of the season going from dead last in the SEC in points given up to a slightly less humiliating 11th by season’s end.

Let’s try to be positive.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
11:00 am

I really think Nebraska is going to upset us. Trust me If Nebraska wants run the ball on us they will!!!!! We never set the tone of the game…it will be well into the 4th before Grantham gets a clue how to slow down the run game.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
11:06 am

I think Richt is the grinch! He doesn’t want the fans to enjoy their Christmas. If he wasn’t the grinch he would resign or hire a new DC! That’s right Richt is the grinch that stole Christmas!!!

mcdaviddawg

December 19th, 2013
11:41 am

We’ll not be ready for this game. We haven’t been ready for a bowl game in a long time. Richt takes the holidays off. What do you expect for your 3 mil. One day maybe Georgia will be coached by a full time dedicated coach. In the mean time we’re not going to see much winning when not playing cupcakes. And no I’m not a troll but a long time season ticket holder who wants the team we’re playing for and have the talent to be. Please Santa bring Georgia a real working coach.

Desert Fox

December 19th, 2013
11:42 am

It’s all very troubling if you’re a dawg fan. All the injuries this season, the poor play of the defense and ST’s, questionable play calling and coaching, all add up to lack of confidence in what team will show up to play on game day. This bowl game vs NB reminds me of the rematch w/Mich St. Ga won the first one (all during CRM era) then blew the rematch in OT when our FG kicker just seemed to collapse. He now makes millions w/the Vikings after he got some coaching. That in itself is very revealing. GA will find a way to lose as it has done in all 4 losses this season. NB will be a tough match up as they were last season and now the dawgs face them again w/one of the worst D’s in the SEC. It’ll be another test for Mason as well. He did well vs tech in spite of his D. I suspect GA will be sluggish to start. It may well be another catch up game for the O. You just don’t know what to expect but expect the worst seems to come to mind as revenge is sweet and NB has that edge going for them.

dawgfan

December 19th, 2013
11:59 am

I haven’t exactly been blown away by Mason thus far. Quite frankly, he seemed a little disinterested against Georgia Tech. He just didn’t seem in to it. It’s your first start against a big rival on national television dude. Wake up!!! I get the whole “cool customer” thing that Richt likes to talk up but geez it’s still football. Show a little emotion. Maybe I’m being too hard on the kid. Maybe that’s just his personality. I don’t know. Talent wise I question whether he has the gunslinger ability that is required to run our flag football offense and keep pace with opposing offenses that are running rough shod over our joke D. I mean, Aaron Murray put up video game stats and we still lost almost every big game that we played in. What’s going to happen when we don’t even have that?

I don’t feel too good about it. Sorry.

Macclenny_dawg

December 19th, 2013
12:06 pm

The problem with Georgia is continuity!!! No new ideas, no new scheme, and no new energy!!! We get the best talent at all positions but where it counts the most in the trenches. Richt just can’t seem to use all the available scholarships. I would take some 3 stars instead of nobody. Richt has been here to long with no national championship and the recruits really take that into consideration. We get alot of the good ones but its because they come in thinking only of themselves. Only hoping to go to the nfl. Its never about coming in to the program to win championships. Time for a change. Sick of Richt!!!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
1:14 pm

Can anybody tell me why other big ten teams blow Nebraska out??? Like Iowa! But when we play them it’s like we are playing the Seattle Seahawks!!! Nebraska 42 dawgs 35. Sad but true.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
1:18 pm

Famous Richt quotes!!!

The cutting edge

The defense has turned the corner!

I’m satisfied with the OL

Continuity is a good thing.

Energy vampires

I can’t discuss that

He is off the team!

Let’s go high diving.

I’m drained and tired and beat up!

That’s all for now…if you fans can remember anymore quotes…post them please,

Macclenny_dawg

December 19th, 2013
1:59 pm

On the door of greatness!!! I wasn’t sure what hash mark our kicker liked!!! He didn’t fit our system.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
2:08 pm

Mike bobo won sporting news OC of the year! That’s a great job considering that he had a average OL to work with and injuries! How can Grantham make more than bobo?? Mcgarity is a joke! Lmao!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
2:13 pm

Watch and see the top 6 teams in the sec sign more recruits than UGA this year!!!!! We are falling behind sc!!! Can y’all believe that SC 32-6 and we are 30- 10 the last 3 years???????????????????????????????????????

RiffRaff

December 19th, 2013
2:35 pm

I thought Mason played pretty well in his first start. The offense sputtered till they went up tempo late in the second quarter. Stinks it took how many years to get this kid in a game more than mop up time? Richtism.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
2:42 pm

We are our own worst enemy….nobody self destructs better than UGA!! Just look at the facts….nick Marshall should of been giving another chance! Bama just signed a former guy that commited 2nd degree burglary!!! All of our best players go on to have great careers some where else! How sad!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
2:45 pm

Richt is more concerned about these players becoming better citizens! He is more worried about them being an good husband and father…that’s all good but who really cares! We want a team that can win a championship!!!

NoAxeToGrind

December 19th, 2013
3:45 pm

Two points: 1) Aaron Murray will be missed a lot more then a lot of UGA fans will admit. 2) As I have said before, so far as improving the football program, McGarity is as useles as teats on a boar hog. He doesn’t give a damn and neither does Richt. And neither does anyone else with any influence so far as I can tell. Only the long suffering UGA fans do. They deserve better.

dawgfan

December 19th, 2013
4:28 pm

He played “well” but it was Georgia Tech. He didn’t strike me as a guy that’s going to take us to the promised land. Aaron Murray struck me as that kind of guy and the most we could ever muster with him was a Cap One bowl appearance.

It doesn’t bode well if you ask me.

Dog4Life

December 19th, 2013
5:04 pm

No one thought Tee Martin could take Tennersee to heights beyond Peyton Manning–but he did what Peyton couldn’t do–win a NC. One never knows, that is why we play the game–let’s just hope all those bad breaks fall our way for a change–obviously there is no coaching changes in the que–so we have what we have.

dawgfan

December 19th, 2013
5:41 pm

Let me know if Tennessee’s defense was giving up 30 ppg the year before Tee took over and then maybe I’ll do something other than laugh at such BS.

I’m sorry but that’s absurd. Bad breaks? What bad breaks? You mean like losing to the vast majority of good teams that we play? Yeah, what horrible luck we have. Where does the SEC get off making us play good teams? It not fair.

Please step away from the Kool Aid.

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
5:52 pm

I knew it wouldn’t take long to find some dumb…s using the Kool-Aid terminology.

I only check in here occasionally to discern if anybody’s medication is kicking in. Verdict? You kids might be the bottom of the barrel of UGA people. But medicine is making advances, so there is hope for some of you…

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
6:07 pm

Gut rake = paddy is back! That was your screen name! Just admit!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
6:11 pm

I agree with dawgfan…

Hutson mason strikes me as a guy who can’t complete the long ball. That’s what made Murray so good was that he could stretch the field…. Hutson will be just above average but he is no Aaron Murray.

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
6:14 pm

dawgfan,

You,35 and Flat tire need to end your sleep-over parties and use your passbook savings account to purchase a double-sized bed. Your “Nascar bed” smells like pee and slurpees…

While you’re at it, dump the “Spiderman” pajamas and take Grandmother’s $35 dollar Christmas gift and buy a dictionary or a thesaurus so that you can begin to expand on a vocabulary that seems to be stuck at “Kool-aid”. Do some yardwork, apply at the local hardware store for a job and stop playing video games in the middle of the night.

All I’m saying is…GROW UP!!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
6:33 pm

Gut rake….you are paddy is back….just admit!!! You still growing some thunder bolts in south east west north east west Coast Asia???? Bwahhhhhaabwahhhaaa!

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
6:35 pm

The crickets you hear are coming from the feet of your pajamas. I have a profoundly chilling effect on neurotic juveniles in institutional facilities. Maybe you can respond after you finish your new “Grand Theft Auto” game…

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
6:38 pm

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
6:42 pm

Gut rake

Why are you posting the word boo?? That’s so childish!

Gut rake = paddy is back! Book it!

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
6:45 pm

Boo…again!!

dawgfan

December 19th, 2013
6:49 pm

Oh, so I’m wrong? Hutson Mason IS the next Tee Martin and we WILL be winning the national championship next year? Is that what you’re saying Kool Aider? Then why don’t you just say that?

Feel free to point out any factual inaccuracies in anything that I, Flat or 35 say Kool Aider. Further, if you feel like we will be winning another championship under Richt please feel free to state as much and explain why.

LOL @ this guy.

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
6:53 pm

Tonight, 35, as you sleep, I will visit you as the Dawghost of victories past. You will pee again in your “Nascar” bed. I will shame you over your simplistic internet activity of recent. You will be distressed more than ever before…(even more than that time you lost your favorite “Hot wheels” car) You will repent of your sordid infantile behavior and you will stop picking your nose when a teacher asks you a question in class.

I will then take you to the Dawghost future, wherein Hutson Mason will lead the Dawgs to an astounding victory in the first Playoff-Style College Football Championship!!

Then you will find a girl to go steady with.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:02 pm

Paddy is back

No thanks bro I don’t need help with a woman…I’m married! Also for the life of me I can’t believe I read that post. What a post of absolute garbage!!! Once again I think Richt is the grinch…if he wasn’t the grinch he would resign…because after all he is the major component holding UGA back from greatness…we need a coach that can lock down the state and quit allowing the elite recruits to leave state. I hope you can comprehend this post but I doubt you will..their is just to much kool aid pumping thru your veins. Lol

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:05 pm

Dawgfan..

Can you believe Richt organized a kickball game instead of finishing practice??? I guess Richt doesn’t think the team needs to get any better? Richt is all about having fun and doesn’t take his job serious enough.

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
7:06 pm

Ah! Kool-Aid again.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:08 pm

Gut rake

You must be thirsty??? Because you keep mentioning the word PEE! Bwahhhhhaaaabwaahhhaaa!

Rick

December 19th, 2013
7:10 pm

If they wanted a better bowl and a different opponent they should have won more games.

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
7:15 pm

…and bwahhhhhaaaabwaahhhaaa! means…what? Well?

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:19 pm

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:21 pm

Paddy is back

Hey now you see how childish that was?? Why did you change your screen name anyways???

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
7:21 pm

35, dawgfan and Flat tire,

Wow, I see your point. Never saw it that way before, but if bwahhhhhaaaabwaahhhaaa and Kool-Aid are repetitive words in your lexicon, maybe you’re right. You guys are geniuses!! A college football coach making millions of dollars a year SHOULD hang on your every word….

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:26 pm

I’m so jealous of auburn…I’m one angry fan who is tired of mediocrity! I’m a bulldawg for life but that doesn’t mean that I will just sit back and not voice my opinion when things are going bad. We haven’t won the sec in 8 years…bad thing about that is it could be 8 more years before we win one.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:29 pm

Paddy

Well you got thing right…he should be hanging on somebody else’s word. He should bring in an consultant to help him with ideas on how to make the special teams and defense better.

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:32 pm

Paddy

What about the repetitive word you keep mentioning….the word pee??

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
7:39 pm

35,

I’m gonna’ be as nice as I can to you–without the BS…

You are the most comprehensively ill-informed carbon-based life form that I’ve seen posts from on this blog. Your shallow grasp of mere elementary ideas is mind-boggling. You can only have validity in a world of make-believe. No one but me responds to your pabulum. Since I work with handicapped kids during the day, I have taken an interest in your plight. It has become clear to me that you know little about the game of football. However, your lack of knowledge has not slowed your spew.

Be thankful that you live in a society that affords you a forum to be as stupid as you want to be.

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
7:43 pm

You just need a good “bone-shaker”, boy!!

Gutrake

December 19th, 2013
7:45 pm

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
7:45 pm

Paddy

I could care less where and who you work with. I’m knowledge of football is just fine. Their have been several posters who have responded to me. I really don’t need your help with anything. It’s fans like you who hurt the program because you sit back and demand nothing. You just keep rolling in the donations. Anyways answer the damn question why did you change your screen name??? Quit ducking!