While the message board threads drudge on with gripes and groans from Saturday's defeat, NU has shifted its focus to the next challenge.
"Football players and athletes are a lot different than fans," said head coach Pat Fitzgerald. "As a competitor, you move on—quickly. You get back to work. We were back at it this morning; our fans can't get back to it till Saturday."
It coincides with the Wildcats' prevailing theme this season—go 1-and-0 each week. The results from each Saturday are quickly forgotten as a new test awaits.
"It doesn't matter if it's a win or a loss, you've got to get over it and move on," said running back Mike Trumpy.
In 2011, Northwestern dropped five consecutive games, stemmed by a gut-wrenching loss to Army in the season's third game. One painful loss spiraled into many more. The Wildcats have learned from that experience which proved the importance flushing a loss.
"Don't let Nebraska beat you twice," Trumpy stated. "We lost to them this past week. Don't let that effect the way you think or prepare for Iowa."
With a quick glimpse ahead, the Wildcats will see their goals are still in tact. A trip to the Big Ten championship is still attainable, though the road to Indianapolis is a bit longer. The Wildcats aren't dwelling on the past, but rather looking ahead.
"We've got to come every day with a positive attitude," linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo said. "We're still a 6-and-2 football team. There are still four games left for us to win."
The message delivered by Coach Fitzgerald is 'move on,' a formula for each game. He remains optimistic the Wildcats will follow suit and push forward.
"This is what I do know about our ballclub, we'll fight our tails off," Fitzgerald said. "We're a physical ballclub and we'll fight. If we can coach them up a little better and make a couple more plays, I think we've got a chance for a special season."