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

Bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
10:39 am

Nebraska has the 4th ranked passing defense in the nation….Gregory their DE is in the top 5 in the big ten with sacks…once again we struggle with another teams best DE.

Bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
10:41 am

Richt not taking advantage of all the practice days allowed just let’s me know he is not serious about winning the bowl game.

My-Guy

December 18th, 2013
10:46 am

“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.”

Well that’s how all of our games have been all season long. Coming into the 4th quarter against Clemson, we were tied 28-28. Coming into the 4th against South Carolina, we led 34-30. Coming into the 3rd quarter against North Texas, we’re tied 21-21. Coming into the 4th against LSU, tied 34-34. Went to OT against Tennessee in Knoxville tied 31-31. Came into the 4th quarter against Mizzou & railed 28-26. Had a 4th quarter collapse against Vanderbilt. Came into the 4th quarter against Florida & had to hold on 23-20. Came into the 3rd quarter against Appalachian State & led 14-6 for a while. Had a 4th quarter collapse against Auburn although we almost had one of the greatest comebacks in UGA history. Tied going into OT against GT 27-27. It’s been a lot of bar-burners, nail-biters, & bizarre finishes this season. A lot of people need to realize that this 2013 season of UGA may have been a disappointment, but we still fought hard through the injuries, the tough schedule, and survived & all the new young defensive players on the backfield. 2013 was not as bad as 2004 or 2008. 2008 there was no excuses, we had players to return from the 2007 team. 2013 was a rebuilding year for UGA if you have a bunch of injuries on offense & have to replace 12 starters on defense. Yet our games were still decided by 7 or less this season. The 2008 UGA team got blown out by Alabama & Florida & collapsed against GT. The 2013 UGA team, had some heart & passion never gave up, never had any blowout losses, they kept fighting!

My-Guy

December 18th, 2013
10:49 am

@Bulldawg35

Check out this video right here, it’s really good! I’m pretty sure you’ve already seen it by now though.
It kinda made me real better about this season, regardless of the ups & downs we’ve had. Just focus on the positive. UGA one dream.

http://vimeo.com/82006725

UGA Insider

December 18th, 2013
11:13 am

Bulldawg35,

I agree. The Dawgs will come out flat, play like crap then win the game in the 4th quarter. Seen this one way too many times I guess.

I hate to say this but I am ready for some new blood to come to Athens. CMR is not aggressive enough and the proof is in the 8-4 record and the fact that our recruiting is down plus he can’t keep 85 scholarship players on the team. Fans wonder why our ST’s suck? There is your reason my friends. UGA simply doesn’t have the numbers most teams do. UGA currently has 16 commitments and NSD is in 45 or so days. Tenn has 34 and in a few years will be kicking our asses and UGA will be wondering why.

Not good. I am about ready for the Kirby Smart era to begin. No offense to CMR.

Tree

December 18th, 2013
11:25 am

wwhat worries me are the turnovers, we\re like 98th nationally in turnover margin, the defense hasn’t been as iligent for the first time in the grantham years, and the offense continues to feed on the bottom of the sec unber Mike bobo in turnovers.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 18th, 2013
11:26 am

UGA Insider – Guess you don’t know that UGA has 22 – 24 scholarships to offer this year to make a total of 85? Signing day is NEXT year (2014) not next week. Tennessee is going to have to get real creative (let some guys go) if they sign 34. You heard it here 1st.

Tree

December 18th, 2013
11:27 am

hutson mason has already thrown 2 picks, and he came near a fumble too. he reminds me a lot of joe cox who had 15 turnovers in his one season after being the backup for 4 years.

Tree

December 18th, 2013
11:29 am

the dawgs are undefeated when winning the to battle, and have only won 1 game when losing the turnover battle in sec games, so that’s what we’ll all be watchin for, will the dawgs continue to beat themselves in big games? will richt & bobo continue to stink in this area? how many picks will mason throw, Murray had 3 turnovers last bowl game?

Tree

December 18th, 2013
11:31 am

aj mccaron had 10 interceptions in his career, and won 3 national championships.
a murray had 41 interceptions in his career, and won o sec championships, and 1 bowl game.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 18th, 2013
11:31 am

Mark Richt will DEFINITELY be back in 2014 – get used to it TROLLS!!!

^^^ Grantham? Who knows? – But if he goes I want the DC from Michigan State _ PAT Narduzzi

YES – hard to get up for the LIZARD Bowl.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 18th, 2013
11:33 am

May the NUTS fall close to the TREE !

Murray also threw 4 times as many passes and didn’t have an ALL AMERICAN OL – like A.J.

Flo- Ri- Duh

December 18th, 2013
11:37 am

Hopefully the Falcons won’t screw up and get a “W” this week…. pitiful. They need Jake Matthews (LOT) in this draft. Got to protect the $100,000,000 (grossly overpaid) Matt Ryan or he’s DOA.

I-DOG

December 18th, 2013
11:49 am

I think the Texas Longhorns search for a new coach is interesting and reveals how the college football world feels about our coaching staff.

They obviously started with Saban, which makes sense. There are about 20 names that are being talked about, most of whom are college coaches today. I have not heard a SINGLE mention of Mark Richt, Bobo, or Grantham for that position. Does anyone else think that this is a problem?

Before you answer with the “Texas isn’t going after Richt because they don’t think they can get him” argument… let’s put that one to rest. They offered Saban the job (he isn’t exactly unemployed or coaching at the little sister’s of the poor”. On their “list” is Les Miles, Malzahn, Urban Meyer, John Gruden, the Harbaugh brothers, etc… all have “dream jobs” so their net is quite wide and they aren’t eliminating people who are unlikely to take the job.

Maybe Richt, Bobo, or Grantham are better coaches than the dozens of candidates that Texas is considering. However, it is obvious, that UT’s PERCEPTION is that Richt and his top two coordinators aren’t worthy of consideration (meaning they aren’t some of the best coaches in college football).

It doesn’t mean that Texas is right or that they are wrong. It does mean that Texas doesn’t think our coaching staff is top notch. There is nobody at ESPN or elsewhere shouting “how can Richt not be considered?” “Texas must be crazy!” Basically, they are nodding their heads and saying “yeah that makes sense, the staff at Georgia including Richt is not among the top 20 candidates.”

I find that very revealing.

SC Dog fan

December 18th, 2013
11:54 am

A close game in the fourth quarter is likely. The dogs have done it both ways this season: falling behind and then coming back and geting off to a quick start only to give up the lead late.

Not too worried about the recruiting. That bumper class of 33 last year will be the main engine of this team for the next three years. Very dissapointed, however, to see David Sharpe go to Florida. We’re not closing well on those OL recruits. Lost Tunsil to Ole Miss last year after being in the lead for him most of the fall.

swimdawg68

December 18th, 2013
12:08 pm

I hope UGA is the home team this year. Last year we were in white jerseys, want to see us in our red jerseys this year.

Jack Bull

December 18th, 2013
12:30 pm

I just hope we don’t go into the ‘two down lineman, with two speed rushers standing up on the end and the middle linebackers playing 8 yards deep’ scheme, a.k.a. the Nickel package. When we were in that last year, they racked up 8-10 yards a carry. The RB would be 7 yards up field before we ever laid a hand on him..I’m sure they remember this as well.

Mellow_Dawg

December 18th, 2013
12:56 pm

Georgia is the home team this year.

ARdawg

December 18th, 2013
1:06 pm

Tree
That stat with AJ and Aaron is quite disingenuous. When you post a stat like that, attempt and completions would be a more informative addition

JB

December 18th, 2013
1:30 pm

Richt to Texas. Nope, they just rid themselves of their Richt. Keep Mack Brown if you would consider Richt. Both have lost that eager, newness of fire and passion. Both great men by the way. Smart football men also. College football is all about motivation and being able to ” out work” the other guys because the talent level of the top 25 is not to far off from being the same. Richt is our Frank Beamer. Good guy, decent coach, gonna have a real good team every now and then and recruit well enough to win 8 or 9 games and go to a warm bowl. 13 years in, what magic have we not seen…….None.

Dawg5960

December 18th, 2013
1:32 pm

WOW…If I did not know this was a BullDawg blog I would think It was some other college. Lot of Dawg haters on here !

GTBob

December 18th, 2013
2:00 pm

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

Nebraska is coming off a blow out loss to Iowa, their coach could be fired at any moment, they are playing the same team they played last year, and their fans have only bought 2800 tickets so far. I don’t think there is going to be much motivation on their side of the field. Nebraska also isn’t very good. Barring a complete meltdown, UGA should win this one rather easily, no matter how motivated they are.

1969 UGA team and the Sun Bowl

December 18th, 2013
2:11 pm

UGA lacks fire from the players and the coaching staff. This game will be ugly for UGA.

Changes must be made or the ensuing years will all look alike.

UGA alumnus, 1971, 1973

sc_dawg

December 18th, 2013
2:20 pm

Yet another meaningless bows appearance. Let me some it up, UGA comes out unprepared and unmotivated. Commits endless mistakes and penalties. Defense will look horrid while Grantham stares at his play sheet and wishes he was somewhere else. Richt will look lost on the sideline while wishing he was preaching to kids in some third world country. We as fans will look shocked at the blowout but really arent we expecting this. Hasnt this been the case for years ?? With Richt at the helm expect nothing more than the gator bowl each and every year. We’ve become mediocre and stagnant as a program with this coaching staff.

bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
2:38 pm

my-guy….

yeah I’ve seen the video…..its a good one. I’m trying to remain positive but its kind of hard. surprisingly I’m going to the gator bowl…im driving 6 hours….and i hope to gawd we win!!!!

GTBob

December 18th, 2013
2:41 pm

I wish I had a life : (

bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
2:41 pm

my-guy

thanks…..ive seen the video. I’m trying too remain positive but its hard when we keep losing 4 games a season. its a great video though….to bad we don’t play as good as the videos are.

bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
2:45 pm

UGA insider

i agree! richt has only got us ready to play for 4 quarters only one time this year and that was against kentucky. so i see this game going down to the wire once again….causing my blood pressure to sky rocket thru the roof!

SD Dawg

December 18th, 2013
2:52 pm

Because Georgia’s Defense has overshadowed its Offense Mike Bobo has been overlooked. I think Coach Bobo would bring a new energy to any program as a head coach. He would run a clean program, recruit well, and be there for the long haul. I may be on an island saying I would like to see him become the head coach at UGA when Coach Richt retires. Texas would do well to give Mike Bobo a long hard look.

old dog

December 18th, 2013
2:57 pm

Since we decided not to re-do the defense, we will all be right back here next year with about the same comments.
“Shoulda done better, but the D just couldn’t consistantly get it done.”
We will make some great plays on d, but from top to bottom we will not be competative enough to be cream-of-the-crop. Our o-line, likewise, will have to play over their heads. For those who pile on Murray, you will realize his accomplishments when he is gone. Mason will be ok, but it will take a game or two to replace a four-year starter.

HotDawg

December 18th, 2013
3:06 pm

Love watching the Dawgs, no matter the opponent.
It’s bittersweet after the last game.
A long time to wait for the next one.
GO DAWGS!!

dawgfan

December 18th, 2013
3:16 pm

Bama is 11-1 and Saban is bringing in outside coaches for consultations and professional development to try and get better. Go read the article at ESPN. We’re 8-4 and Richt is talking about how “continuity is a good thing.”

It’s not too hard to see why we aren’t winning titles and won’t be until there’s a change at the top.

NCDawg

December 18th, 2013
3:36 pm

Nebraska came into the game last year with one of the best pass defenses in the country and we lit them up. Remember? They play in the B1G and they don’t face really good passing offenses on a regular basis. And they certainly do not face ANY teams that are as balanced as we are. Bo will be cursing the football gods by the 2nd half.

Dawg5960 – this is the hangout for the lunatic fringe that will hate the Dawgs until Coach Richt is fired. They live in negative land and it doesn’t matter what the team does, as long as Coach Richt is head coach, they will downplay it every time. Thank you for pointing out the obvious and shoving it in their faces. “Lot of Dawg haters on here !”

ARdawg

December 18th, 2013
4:10 pm

NCDawg…left you a note on the other board.

I expect Bo will be cussing some more fans before the half to. Last year it was much closer than it should have been. As par for the course the UGA offense was very lethargic for the first 3 quarters and only turned on the after burners when the defense decided they wanted to play.

If the mindset of the players is as Bill stated they said they are, this game is the blowout last year should have been

7576DAWG

December 18th, 2013
4:10 pm

If I was a player playing my last college game and had a 4 loss season it wouldn’t matter who I played. The only incentive would be the free gifts given out so the most generous Bowl would be my choice of location. These players need to just enjoy the game, take their free gifts and get ready to watch some games on TV that really matter about who wins.
When you lose to Vanderbilt and NO COACHING CHANGES are announced you have to realize the reality that winning is not the most important outcome at Georgia for McGarity and just enjoy the experience of being in College.

7576DAWG

December 18th, 2013
4:17 pm

Saban just paid Kiffin a lot of money to come in and advice how Alabama could get more from their Offense. Why hasn’t Georgia brought a Defensive guru in to help Grantham simplify his scheme? It’s obvious that Grantham can’t do it or he would have last year instead of giving all those hand signals that seemed to confuse half of the Defense even in the 12TH game.

Bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
4:54 pm

Raekwon McMillan the LB that committed too OSU said that we were too traditional!!! He said we didn’t change jerseys enough. Also said out facility’s were dull. He is right we do need an indoor facility…why not change jerseys every once in a while if that what the recruits like…my gawd we have to stop these 5 star recruits from leaving state!!!!!!!!!!

Bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
4:57 pm

I know Richt is our all time maybe best coach. But I think we can do better! Richt lacks the ability to win the mnc! If he did have that it factor we would of won it last year!!!!!! Spike the damn ball!

Bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
5:09 pm

The Shaq Fluker story is a strange one. We say he is medically unable to play…while Shaq says the coaching staff is just making that an excuse…I really don’t know who to believe…Richt needs to hurry up and tell his side of the story….I hope Richt will resign soon….cuz my heart can’t take all of these close games geez!!

dawgfan

December 18th, 2013
5:41 pm

I wonder what kind of professional development Richt will be undertaking this off season? More plunges off the high dive?

Isn’t Kiffin the guy that said preparing to play us isn’t that hard because nothing has changed since Richt took over? Sounds about right.

Dog4Life

December 18th, 2013
6:45 pm

I don’t know 35–how often does bama change jerseys. They seem to be the same old red and white all the time. If you win championships, it really doesn’t matter about jersies. The facilities i do agree. We have the money so there is no excuse that UGA does not have an indoor facility.

Bulldawg35

December 18th, 2013
8:08 pm

Dog4lyfe

I agree…..but I was just repeating what McMillan said. I don’t think it would hurt for a jersey change every once in a while. I love our classic uniform just the way it is. But these young people love the uniform change. If improved recruiting or it’s just a myth then we would absolutely find out by doing the uni change every once in a while. He also said we were to traditional. Whatever we got to do to lock down the elite prospects….I mean this staff needs to do something quickly this stuff is getting out of hand…with all these guys leaving state.

NoAxeToGrind

December 19th, 2013
5:45 am

Concerning Richt as a possibility to replace Mack Brown, maybe the Texas crowd is a hell of a lot smarter thn the UGA crowd when it comes to hiring a new coach, or maybe they just don’t like spending big money for very little return. Texans are a lot smarter then they look.

DawgOne

December 19th, 2013
8:19 am

Here we go again. Nebraska wins by two TDs. The Preacher Man will probably get another big raise.

DawgOne

December 19th, 2013
8:21 am

The idea that Texas would consider hiring Richt is ludicrous. No one in Texas has even heard of him.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

December 19th, 2013
8:42 am

Texas wanting to hire for 3 or more loss seasons almost every year?

LOL

:roll:

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
9:14 am

Fluker is gone! Tramel terry is converting to SS! Bwahhhhhhbwahhhhhhhaaa! This coaching staff doesn’t know what they’re doing!!!! You can’t just take WR and put him in at SS and expect him too be successful….. This isn’t high school ball!!! Bwahhhhhhhaaaaa!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
9:17 am

Between 2007-2012… We only signed 130 players….that’s less than Bama Lsu auburn and SC. That’s pathetic no wonder we are 6-17 against the top 25…the last 5 years! Mcgarity needs too force Richt to sign more players!!!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
9:39 am

Auburn was 3-9 last year….now they’re playing for the BCS title…..it makes you think that Richt will never win one…he has been there 13 years!!!! But we can’t do better than Richt says the Disney’s! Smh!

Bulldawg35

December 19th, 2013
9:51 am

I feel just like bill shanks does.,,,,that auburn fans just make me mad! I feel jealousy and envy when it comes to auburn!!!! I’m sick of it!

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