Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez isn't easily impressed, so it shouldn't come as a surprise when he continues to stick to his guns about the Georgia defense.
Before last year's Capital One Bowl, Martinez called Georgia a "typical Big Ten defense." Nebraska went on to lose the game 45-31, but don't think for a second that the score changed the senior quarterback's mind.
Thursday at Big Ten Media Days, Martinez felt the need to throw another shot in the Bulldogs' direction, per Patrick Woo of SiriusXM College Sports Nation:
Taylor Martinez did it again. He said he played better defenses than Georgia's in the Big Ten and that Michigan State was toughest. #B1G— Patrick Woo (@P_Woo) July 25, 2013
Big Ten defenses better than Georgia?
Which defense is tougher?
Well, statistically there is an argument to be made. Michigan State only allowed 274.4 yards a game last season, which was good for fourth in the country. Only BYU, Florida State and Alabama allowed fewer yards on average. Georgia finished the season ranked 32nd, allowing 357.8 yards a game, which was also good for sixth in the SEC.
However, Nebraska beat Michigan State 28-24, as Martinez had one of his better games of the season, rushing for 205 yards and scoring four touchdowns.
Those points didn't come as easily against the Bulldogs, as Martinez scored only two touchdowns, rushed for 46 yards and threw two interceptions. He had more rushing yards against six Big Ten teams than he had against Georgia.
The Georgia defense sacked Martinez five times and forced three turnovers. Michigan State also forced three takeaways, but it only got to Martinez twice in the losing effort.
For whatever reason, it's quite clear that Martinez struggled against the defense he continues to call overrated. Unfortunately, unless these teams meet again in the postseason, they won't have the opportunity this season to settle the score.
Note: All stats come from cfbstats.com unless otherwise noted.