The Huskers November success

Nebraska is traditionally good in the month of November. But why? Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini explains.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini might be 1-3 in December as the Huskers head coach, but November has been much kinder. The Huskers are 14-4 in the last five years during the month, usually ending the regular season on a strong note.

"I like to think we get better as the season goes on. We stay with the process, and I like to think that our kids grow as football players as the season (goes on), as we practice and they stay in the process," said Pelini. "I talk to the team a lot (about how) they have to overcome human nature to a certain extent. Everybody that plays a sport is sore and tired physically and mentally and all the things that go into it, and you have to find a way each and every day to work at it to get better and that's not easy to do.

"We don't change our approach much. Maybe pull back on time a bit here and there, make sure we try to be able to see where they are health-wise, legs-wise and that they are in the best shape possible come Saturday and there are a lot of little things - that's just not physically that's mentally - and we don't ignore it and for the most part the recipes worked."

Last year's November was one to forget. The Huskers went .500, but were upset at home by Northwestern and were blown out by Michigan in Ann Arbor, a game that eliminated any chance of a BCS bowl bid.

But 2012 is a new year and the Huskers have a chance to redeem their 2011 November. If Nebraska can beat Minnesota and Iowa, two games they should be heavy favorites, they will have gone 4-0 in the month. Also securing a spot in the Big Ten title game - a chance for Pelini to work on that December record.

"I've seen our defense grow as this year has gone on," said Pelini. "Obviously every year you have to make adjustments no matter what in any phase of the game, offense, defense and special teams as the year goes on.

"I think the players grow and coaches too, and you look at the group you're playing with and hopefully you make the correct adjustments as the year goes on. I think that's happened, but like I said, I still believe there is a whole other level we can get to, and that's what we are working to do."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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