2013 Rose Bowl

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini: You're Either with Him or Against Him

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 10: Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini watches his team during their game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Penn State 32-23. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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J.P. ScottSenior Analyst INovember 17, 2012

Bo Pelini doesn't care what you think. He doesn't care what I think. He doesn't care what the Sunday newspaper columnist thinks.

Bo Pelini cares about winning. Not just winning, but winning his way.

In yet another season where his personality and antics were met with much scrutiny (some admittedly by myself), Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has managed to keep his blinders intact and focus on the one realistic goal that he and his team have control over: winning the Big Ten and playing in the Rose Bowl.

He's had the kitchen sink thrown at him here at Nebraska. Some fans have been critical of his sideline antics. Others have been critical of some of the choices he has made in terms of filling his staff, suggesting they didn't have enough experience and that he was surrounding himself with "yes men."

But here we are. As I write this, I'm watching Pelini's Huskers dismantle an underrated and bowl-eligible Minnesota squad with ease. Outside of one turnover and a failed gamble (if you even want to call it that) at the end of the first half, Bo and the Huskers have pitched a perfect game.

Nebraska is firing on all cylinders at this point in the season. They seem to have learned from mistakes and adversity throughout the year and are putting it together at exactly the right time.

The fact of the matter is, through it all, Bo Pelini has this Nebraska Cornhusker team exactly where it should be. Nobody realistically expected Nebraska to be in the national title hunt, and they're not. They are, however, well within reach of a Big Ten championship and a trip to Pasadena.

The final stretch of the season couldn't shape up any better for Husker fans. They want the new rivalry game with Iowa to mean something. This year, winning it will mean securing a trip to Indy for the Big Ten crown.

After that, a road trip to Lucas Oil Stadium and a New Year's Day bowl game, either in California or Florida, will follow.

Not a bad way to wrap up the year for the Big Red. You can thank Bo for all of it. 

Everything he has done to this point, from his sideline blowups to his halftime adjustments and his decision to stick with Taylor Martinez (who will be a realistic Heisman candidate in 2013), has gotten the Huskers to this point.

You've hopped on and off the Bo bandwagon. You've been with him, then against him, and back with him again. You rode the roller coaster and got right back in line.

The ride will continue, and it will continue to run Pelini's way.

You can stay in line and go with it, or you can go somewhere else.

Bo Pelini couldn't care less what you do.

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