Sam McKewon of the Omaha World Herald argues, and rightly so, that the Nebraska’s next three games are the toughest test of the Bo Pelini era.

There’s no question. At Penn State, at Michigan and at home against our new rival, Iowa. It could be a glorious run or a devastating finish to another disappointing season.

So, where is the head coach on this? Is he breathing fire or channeling his inner Phil Jackson?

This slice of McKewon’s article gives us a sense, I think:

Pelini didn’t say as much in his Monday presser.

“Every week and every day is a measuring stick,” he said.

He won’t and shouldn’t elaborate, not when Northwestern can play with more fire and focus than his guys did on Saturday. But the big picture of Pelini’s tenure clarifies soon.

“I’m not always a results-oriented guy,” Pelini said. “A lot of people are, and I think there is a lot of other things that go into it. You have to do the best you can and keep getting better and that’s what I see. Who is to say what will happen as this season ends?”

I’m bewildered by this. “Who is to say what will happen as this season ends?” What does that mean?

And what is this about not focusing on results?

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