2014 College Coaching Matchup Preview

On August 13, 2014, in Sporting News, by Buddy TB

College FootballStarting from the top, Jimbo Fisher has had a great run at Florida State with the Seminoles. He has turned out to be the righteous successor to the great Bobby Bowden and was blessed with two of the top quarterback talents in the country, first with E.J. Manuel, now with the Buffalo Bills, followed by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.  Pre-season polls say that the ‘Noles have a good shot at repeating as FBS National Champions in 2015.

No college coach working today has been more entertaining that LSU’s Les Miles. His press conferences are not to be missed. He also has one of the most talented, and most unpredictable football teams in the SEC, which means in the country. As for the coming season, the Mad Hatter predicts, “I like us. I like us in every game.”

Like Fisher and Miles, Nebraska’s Bo Pelini also did his time at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. His teams have always been exciting to watch and Pelini himself puts on a show on the sidelines. But Pelini is a first rate football coach, watch out for the Cornhuskers this year.

Who could possibly follow the legendary Mack Brown at the University of Texas and coach the Longhorn football team back into national prominence? In a move just short of radical, the U of T hired Charlie Strong after a highly successful tenure at Louisville. The eyes of Texas are upon him now!

Many college football fans down South took exception when Oklahoma Sooner head coach Bob Stoops belittled their vaunted Southeastern Conference. But then Stoops and his Sooners beat the grits out of the former SEC and FBS champion Alabama Crimson Tide in last years’ Sugar Bowl.

And the coach of that Tide team, Nick Saban, saw an end come to his almost total domination of the SEC when, after insisting the clock be set back in the SEC Championship game against instate rival Auburn, he watched as his field goal attempt went short and against all odds, the ball returned for a touchdown and Auburn won the game, then Stoops beat him in the Sugar Bowl. But don’t worry, Saban, who is 42-6 at Tuscaloosa… will be back.

If anyone can rival Saban as being the number one college coach in the country it would have to be Urban Meyer. After a great run at the University of Florida from 2005-2010, Meyer dropped out for awhile but was lured back into the game by one of the most storied universities in the nation, Ohio State where, in his first two seasons, Coach Meyer racked up an impressive record of 24-2. But then, no less was expected.

 

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