Bo Pelini - Road Warrior
When analyzing Bo Pelini's performance to date, many have highlighted the month of October as a challenge for the coach. Rightly so, given his record in that month versus the others. But also noteworthy is how well his teams have travelled. After 2 seasons (and the 2003 Alamo Bowl), Pelini's teams have gone 11-4 at home, and 9-4 everywhere else. That's not wildly different when you compare the 0.733 winning percentage at home to the 0.692 winning percentage outside Lincoln. When you consider that home record is padded with the early season nonconference creampuffs, it stands out a little more.
In regular season conference play, Pelini's teams have gone 5-3 in Lincoln and 6-2 on the road, including a perfect 4-0 conference road record in 2009. Not to mention that he's 3-1 in neutral site games (3-0 in bowls and the one loss to Texas last year in the Big 12 championship game), which is especially impressive when you consider those are usually some of the tougher teams that you play.
Compare that to Frank Solich, who went 38-4 at home (a .905 winning percentage) and 16-12 in true road games (a .571 winning percentage). On neutral sites, Solich wasn't any better at 4-3 (again a .571 winning percentage). That's night and day. His teams were nowhere near as good on the road as they were at home. That obviously didn't help Solich in staying employed at Nebraska. If his teams were anywhere near as effective on the road as they were at home, he might still be the head coach.
As much as Husker fans like Pelini, they do want to see more wins out of this team in the future, particularly at home. But even if he can just hold steady in his road performance, he'll be the best coach at Nebraska since the great Tom Osborne. Osborne had a winning percentage of .901 at home (less than Solich's!) and .752 on the road. If Pelini can succeed in restoring the aura at Memorial stadium, he'll be on his way to a Hall of Fame career.