Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah grew up in Southeastern Conference territory and knows the SEC reputation in college football.
But the sophomore cringed Tuesday when another question came about what it might mean to beat an SEC team when NU plays Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
“I hate when people say ‘beat an SEC team.’ It’s a football team,” Abdullah said. “You know what I mean? It doesn’t really matter what conference a team comes from. It’s how good they are. There’s a lot of good teams around the country. It’s not just because they come from the SEC that they hold some kind of special powers or something like that where they’re so much better than other conferences.”
The SEC mystique has grown with the league winning the last six national championships. Georgia would have had a shot at this one if not for falling a play short in the SEC championship game against Alabama.
“I feel like Georgia’s a good team,” Abdullah said. “At the same time, if we were playing like an Oregon, beating an Oregon … a lot of people don’t look at the Pac-12 and think they’re that good, but Oregon’s a very good team.”
Abdullah comes from Homewood, Ala., and drew interest from several SEC schools, including Tennessee, Auburn and Vanderbilt. Despite his proximity to Georgia he said he didn’t know much about the Bulldogs as a kid.
“In the film room I’ve learned more about Georgia than I did growing up,” he said.