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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Bo Pelini has taken Nebraska to 8-4 this season with an underrated element that has kept his team in most games during the second half of the season.
Namely, Pelini has learned that his team's best chance for success comes with keeping his defense off the field.
The Omaha World-Herald came up with several interesting trends for the Cornhuskers' ball-control offense this season.
Such offensive work has been greatly appreciated by Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini.
So what does it mean?
"It's the greatest thing in the world," Carl Pelini told the World-Herald.
An interesting trend can be gleaned by examining the NCAA team statistics. All teams that rank in the top 15 in fewest defensive plays allowed and offensive time of possession have made bowl trips this season.
Here's a look at the seven teams that have accomplished that statistical feat this season, including the Cornhuskers.