Lincoln, NE - After a 28-25 home loss to Northwestern on Saturday, a cool and collected Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini told reporters don’t be fooled by his body language.
“I promise you this loss has worn on me. The way I’m wired, I take it hard. But you have to move on,” said Pelini. “It’s what I’m paid to do, I’m not going to sit here and cry about it, that doesn’t do any good.”
Nebraska was nearly a 20-point favorite at times throughout the week, but suffered from inconsistent play both on the offensive and defensive side of the football.
“You can’t buy into the hype. What you are favored by or anything else,” said Pelini. “We didn’t do enough and gave them hope.
“I knew that it was going to be a tough game, I knew they were very good offensively… I look back at last week and we didn’t play our best football – for some reason. We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities that were given to us.”
At 7-2 (3-2 Big Ten) on the year and No. 19 in the BCS standings, Nebraska is still in position to make a run at a Big Ten Conference Championship. If the Huskers could win out, with games against Penn State, Michigan and Iowa, while Michigan State loses just one game against Iowa, Indiana, and Northwestern – Nebraska would represent the Legends Division.
A conference championship appearance would be the third straight for Nebraska, with their last two coming in the Big 12. It’s because of this Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini isn’t questioning the direction of the program – even after a tough loss to a team below .500.
“I feel good about our progress, I do believe in the process and believe in what we accomplished,” said Pelini, who is in his fourth season at the helm. “I’m not always a results oriented guy. A lot of people are, but I think there are a lot of other things that go into it.”
Now Nebraska will look to rebound against Penn State - a program currently 8-1 (5-0 Big Ten) and ranked 12th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, but a school dealing with off the field distractions.
It will be the second Husker match up of the season consisting of two schools with over 800 wins – a feat done by only eight different schools.
Game time is set for 11 A.M. CT on ESPN.