What are the reasonable expectations for all the new college football head coaches going into 2018, as well as for the next five years?
New Head Coach Win Expectations For 2018
With 20 new head coaches taking over the full-time roles to kick off the season, what are the realistic expectations for each of them? What can fans hope for, and what can they look forward to over the next five seasons? Here’s the breakdown of all the new guys.
Total Rebuild. Do What You Can.
There’s little to no real pressure on these four coaches. The expectations are to improve, but they’re walking into rough situations that require a massive overhaul.
Mike Bloomgren, Rice
Top Line of the Resumé: Offensive coordinator – Andrew Luck Director of Offense – for Stanford from 2013 to 2017.
Realistic Expectations In Year One: Get Rice to at least four wins and find an identity for one of the nation’s worst offenses. Get the ground game going.
Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: At least two winning seasons and bowl appearances. It’s going to take a while to make the program a consistent winner.
Dana Dimel, UTEP
Top Lines of the Resumé: Solid head coach for three years at Wyoming.
– Bill Snyder’s offensive coordinator at Kansas State.
Realistic Expectations In Year One: Win at least four games and come up with a new identity and hope going forward for a program that went winless last season.
Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Two bowl games in five seasons with at least one decent run at the Conference USA West title.
Sean Lewis, Kent State
Top Line of the Resumé: Bowling Green and Syracuse offensive coordinator under Dino Babers.
Realistic Expectations In Year One: The 32-year-old whiz kid needs to win at least four games and give the program hope with his FlashFast offense. One of the nation’s worst attacks has to look like things are about to change.
Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Two bowl games in five years and at least one good run at the MAC East title.
Jonathan Smith, Oregon State
Top Lines of the Resumé: Chris Petersen’s offensive coordinators at Washington four the last four years.
– Former star quarterback for the Beavers.
Realistic Expectations In Year One: Win four games, provide hope that Oregon State can grow into an annual bowl team. Crank up the offense to make Beaver fans believe that the attack can be something special again.
Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Three bowl appearances, one second-place finish in the Pac-12 North race. At least two wins over Oregon.