Nebraska Head Coach, Bo Pelini, has lost 4 games every season during his tenure as Nebraska’s coach. In six years, he has one three divisional titles but has yet to win a Conference Championship. Many expect Nebraska to have another 4 loss season. If we look at the patterns that have emerged in the first six years and make an assumption that these patterns will continue during the 2014 season — we can make the following predictions.
- Nebraska will go 10-4 this season. They will win the West Division of the B1G and they will loose in the Championship game. Why? Nebraska has never had back to back 9-4 seasons. Every time they win 10 games, they played in a conference championship game.
- Nebraska will beat Miami. Why? The pattern suggests Nebraska is due for a win in it’s Marquee Non-conference game. Nebraska lost to Virginia Tech in 08 & 09, Defeated Washington in 10 & 11, and Lost to UCLA in 12 & 13. If pattern holds, Nebraska defeats Miami in both 14 & 15.
- Nebraska will loose 2 conference games and its bowl game. Why? We have already decided that Nebraska is in the B1G Championship. Every year under Pelini, if Nebraska goes to the Championship game, they loose 2 conference games.
- Nebraska will loose at least one of its cross over games (at Michigan State, Rutgers). Why? Nebraska has lost at least one divisional cross-over game every year under Bo Pelin.
Personally, I think they break the cycle. Nebraska cuts down on penalties and turn overs. They go 11-1 in the regular season and get a rematch against Michigan State in the B1G Championship game. They win that and head to the Rose Bowl to play an undefeated PAC 12 Champion. Florida State, Oklahoma, Alabama — two of these three go to the Sugar Bowl. Michigan State (now at 11-2) just barely squeaks into a top tier bowl along with Ohio State, Georgia, LSU, One from UCLA, Stanford, Oregon. The top Mid-Major will be Boise State or Wyoming (Craig Bohl rocks the Rockies!).