Nebraska football: Matt Rhule doesn’t care about your locker room signs

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Matt Rhule of the Nebraska Cornhuskers meets with interim head coach David Braun of the Northwestern Wildcats on the field before the game at Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Matt Rhule of the Nebraska Cornhuskers meets with interim head coach David Braun of the Northwestern Wildcats on the field before the game at Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /
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In preparation for the Nebraska Football team’s game against Wisconsin, Matt Rhule was asked about posting results from past games against the Badgers in the locker room. After vehemently denying one of the stronger collegiate sports accusations of the season, he suggested asking Ty Robinson or Isaac Gifford.

Matt Rhule’s consistency in his messaging and glimpse into the mindset he is trying to instill into the team was on full display in his answer.

Rhule has made it clear that winning will come as a result of developing the correct practice habits, and focusing on improving day to day.

"That has nothing to do with me.  I don’t play for trophies. I don’t care what happened in 2013, 14,15."

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As fans, it is easy to look at historic matchups, or to use the transitive property to determine how a team will play. Meaning if Nebraska football beats the Omaha Beef, and the Omaha Beef then beat the Chiefs, this obviously means that Nebraska is much better than the Chiefs and would beat them.

Did winning a game or losing a game affect the next game? It really doesn’t.

In reality, matchups, injuries, and the flow of the game change too much week to week. Stretched over multiple weeks or years, this becomes even more true.

Of course it is frustrating for a Nebraska football team that has lost as many times to Wisconsin  as they have. But more frustrating has been the way in which past teams have been dominated at the line of scrimmage in the past.

This game against Wisconsin is a major potential stepping stone for Nebraska Football, and a good barometer for how this young team is developing and buying into the new philosophy of Coach Rhule.

Part of the Matt Rhule culture is that he’s not going to stop a player from putting up the kind of signs that adorned the Nebraska football locker room, but he’s not someone who buys into their value.

Of course, that could change on Saturday night if things go right.