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Nebraska Cornhuskers: How Much Will Huskers Mature This Off-Season?

Bo Pelini has reached the process in his tenure at Nebraska. He has two nine and ten win seasons under his belt, but has compiled four losses in each of the four years so far, making him one of the most successful college coaches to start their career.

But how will Pelini’s career be defined? Better yet, how will the Nebraska Cornhuskers overcome their problems from the past few seasons?

Nebraska has lacked consistency under Pelini. Sure, they have won 38 of a possible 54 games, but that game to game consistency has not been there. Heck, even in game consistency has not been there.

Fans need not a reminder of games from the past seasons where the Huskers should have won. There was the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg, the Texas Longhorns in Lincoln, the Oklahoma Sooners at the Big XII Championship Game, the  Northwestern Wildcats in Lincoln, the list goes on.

Nebraska has been like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde; you just never know which one will show up on a given Saturday.

If Nebraska has matured this off-season, as the team leaders Sean Fisher, Cameron Meredith, Taylor Martinez, and Rex Burkhead have said they are, we will know by how consistent game to game they are and by how many silly penalties they make.

Nebraska was supposed to run over, around, and through the B1G 10 last season. Apparently Northwestern, the Michigan Wolverines, and the Wisconsin Badgers never got that memo.

Now, in season two of life in the B1G 10, Nebraska must find a way to play consistent. No more great games versus the Michigan State Spartans only to come back with a clunker the next weekend at home versus Northwestern.

No, like Nebraska teams of old, the Huskers must put aside all distractions and focus only on themselves and their opponents the next week.

Huskers fans are not getting impatient with Pelini, as Nebraska is on the cusp of being an elite football school again. Rather, fans want to see the consistency. You can preach process, but you have to see results eventually.

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM