Watch out Michigan State, Nebraska's Bo Pelini Is Mr. November

Erin SorensenContributor INovember 14, 2013

Nov 2, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini watches his team before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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Bo Pelini is Mr. November.

As Nebraska's head coach, Pelini has been very successful in the month of November. Due to this, Michigan State should watch out.

In fact, Pelini has only lost once at home in November in his six years with the Huskers. His overall record is 18-4.

More impressively, Pelini has gone 4-0 twice during November. That included a 28-24 comeback win against Michigan State in 2012.

2008 Nebraska Season
11/1@ OklahomaL 28-62
11/8KansasW 45-35
11/5@ Kansas StateW 56-28
11/28ColoradoW 40-31
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2009 Nebraska Season
11/7OklahomaW 10-3
11/14KansasW 31-17
11/21Kansas StateW 17-3
11/27ColoradoW 28-20
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2010 Nebraska Season
11/6@ Iowa StateW 31-30
11/13KansasW 20-3
11/20@ Texas A&ML 6-9
11/26ColoradoW 45-17
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2011 Nebraska Season
11/5NorthwesternL 25-28
11/12@ Penn StateW 17-14
11/19@ Ann ArborL 17-45
11/25IowaW 20-7
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2012 Nebraska Season
11/3@ Michigan StateW 28-24
11/10Penn StateW 32-23
11/17MinnesotaW38-14
11/23@ IowaW 13-7
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Spartan fans will likely dig deeper on Pelini's November stats. By doing so, it should be noted that the head coach is 2-3 against ranked opponents during the month.

Currently, Michigan State is No. 16 in the BCS.

Spartan fans will likely take comfort in that statistic. If Pelini's record rings true, that would mean his November winning record wouldn't hold as much weight.

However, 2011 is a telling year. While the Huskers were ranked No. 14, the Spartans were ranked higher at No. 11, according to the BCS. Nebraska won that matchup.

Additionally, Nebraska does also hold a 7-0 record over Michigan State.

Any record can be broken, though. That's what Spartan fans are hoping for.

For Michigan State, it should still be a point to consider.

While it's easy to overlook history, it would be a mistake to overlook Pelini's November record. The head coach has the month on his side.

In fact, Nebraska was not favored to win against Michigan this past Saturday. Yet Pelini and his team found a way.

That's the tricky part about any team at this point in the year. It's very easy to have rough Septembers and Octobers but figure it out once November rolls around.

For Pelini, that's very much the case. While the Husker offense has many injuries to it, the unit is still finding ways to move the ball.

The success story of Pelini's team is the defense, though.

After a few difficult weeks, the Blackshirts have started to find their rhythm. With it, the group put together strong showings against Northwestern (with the exception of the first quarter) and Michigan. If that continues, Nebraska will definitely put up more of a fight now then if the two teams had met a month ago.

The Spartans are a talented team, though. There is little doubt Michigan State won't make winning very difficult for the Huskers.

In fact, according to The Washington Post, Michigan State currently leads the nation in total defense (201 ypg), rushing defense (43.4 ypg), pass efficiency defense (90.3 rating) and ranks third in scoring defense (11.3 ppg). That will obviously be a big focus for the Huskers as the group prepares.

However, despite all else, the odds do fall in Pelini's favor.

Pelini may be 2-3 against ranked opponents in November. On the other hand, he has also won four of his last five games against ranked opponents in Lincoln.

Needless to say, Michigan State has a reason to worry. The Spartans may be favored, but November is a good month for Pelini.

Based on how 2013 has played out so far, this November could be just like past Novembers for the head coach.

That's a reason to worry for any team facing Nebraska this month.