Martinez still bullish on Big Ten defenses

2013-01-02T11:07:00Z 2013-01-23T21:12:23Z Martinez still bullish on Big Ten defensesBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE
January 02, 2013 11:07 am  • 

Did Georgia have a clear edge in talent over Nebraska?

I think Georgia did have an edge overall -- you saw the Bulldogs' athleticism on defense -- but the overall advantage wasn't as pronounced as I thought it would be.

What did you think?

Taylor Martinez says he thought Nebraska's talent was on-par with Georgia's.

Same goes for his feelings about the Big Ten's talent-level compared to the SEC's. In fact, he thinks the Big Ten is better in that regard. He made his feelings clear before the game and was sticking to his guns afterward.

"I think the Big Ten, talent-wise, is a lot better, and the defenses in the Big Ten are better than SEC defenses," he said. "This was supposed to be one of the top defenses in the SEC, and we pretty much did anything we wanted against them."

Nebraska did rack up 443 yards and averaged 5.6 per play. The Huskers were balanced -- 204 passing yards and 239 rushing yards.

I wouldn't say Nebraska did anything it wanted. The Huskers' offense began to fizzle after Ameer Abdullah's third-quarter fumble.

Say this for Martinez: He is consistent in making clear his respect for the Big Ten, its defenses in particular.

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