Ranking All 76 Head Coaches This 2018-2019 Bowl Season

Ranking All 76 Head Coaches This 2018-2019 Bowl Season

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Ranking All 76 Head Coaches This 2018-2019 Bowl Season


20. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 33

The guy has figured out how to coach bowl games. Gundy’s team might have been wildly inconsistent in a rebuilding year, but this was his third straight bowl win, pulling it off despite allowing 637 yards and having to hold on for dear life. Missouri had the better team, but OSU won.
5 Thoughts on the Liberty Bowl

19. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman
Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31

Give Fickell credit for his team joining Fresno State as the only Group of Five teams to beat Power Five programs this bowl season. The Bearcats committed 13 penalties, but it hung punch for punch with the Hokies all game long before pulling it out with a good fourth quarter.
5 Thoughts on the Military Bowl

18. Jeff Tedford, Fresno State

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

Two years, two bowl wins for Tedford. Fresno State was one of only two teams – Cincinnati being the other – from the Group of Five world to beat a Power Fiver. Tied at 17 at halftime, his Bulldogs adjusted, the ground game rocked, and they outscored ASU 14-3.
5 Thoughts on the Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl

17. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Texas A&M 52, NC State 13

This is what A&M fans had in mind for a first year of the Jimbo era. Fisher’s team managed to show might just be a glimpse of the future with a dominant ground game, a fantastic defensive performance, and a laugher of a win over a team that was one of the five best in the ACC. Talk about figuring out a halftime – A&M outscored State 31-0.

16. Frank Maile, Utah State

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Utah State 52, North Texas 13

It’s always hard when a team has to go through the drama of losing its head coach. Matt Wells went off to be the new Texas Tech head man, Gary Andersen was on tap to step in, and it was up to Maile to try pulling off a bowl win. His team cam out roaring – the game was over at halftime. Not bad for an interim coach.
5 Thoughts on the New Mexico Bowl

15. Frank Solich, Ohio

Frisco Bowl
Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

That’s how a team is supposed to come out and play in a bowl game. The Bobcats were loose, were having fun on the sidelines, and they executed from the start in a stress-free performance and an easy win. Solich has figured something out – Ohio won bowl games in the last two seasons by a combined total of 68 to 6.
5 Thoughts on the DXL Frisco Bowl

14. David Cutcliffe, Duke

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Duke 56, Temple 27

There are halftime adjustments, and there’s this. Temple was playing well up 27-21 going into the locker room, and then Cutcliffe and his team flipped the switch. The offense was unstoppable, the defense dominant, and the Blue Devils outscored the Owls 35-0 in the second half.
5 Thoughts on the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

13. Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech

SoFi Hawai’i Bowl
Louisiana Tech 31 Hawaii 13

The man wins bowls – Holtz is 5-for-5 at Louisiana Tech. All bowl games are strange road trips, but this one was different. The Bulldogs had to deal with Hawaii in its home park, and yeah, going to Honolulu is a whole lot different than going to Mobile or Detroit. It’s the ultimate distraction bowl, but Holtz’s team played with a purpose, especially defensively.
5 Thoughts on the SoFi Hawaii Bowl

12. Butch Davis, FIU

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
FIU 35, Toledo 32

It’s exactly what the program needed. Davis had a big first year, but his Golden Panthers got rocked by Temple in the Gasparilla. This year, FIU not only showed up with a strong performance, but it did it with a backup quarterback. Davis and his staff had a great gameplan to get the O going around Christian Alexander.
5 Thoughts on the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

11. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

Outback Bowl
Iowa 27, Mississippi State 22

Ferentz’s offensive line couldn’t handle the Mississippi State defensive front, his running game finished with -15 net yards, and yet he still came away with a stunning bowl win. The Hawkeyes did what they needed to do against the nation’s best defense, ripping it apart on three touchdown passes, and then the D did the rest. MSU was the better team, and Iowa won.
5 Thoughts on the Outback Bowl

10. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Wisconsin 35, Miami 3

For all of the problems this year, Chryst had his team ready for total destruction. Wisconsin picked a good time to finally go all Wisconsin on someone, owning Miami from the start in dominant performance on both sides of the ball. Making this more amazing was how the Badgers did this with backup QB Jack Coan at the helm. Now Chryst is 4-for-4 in bowl games as the UW head man.
5 Thoughts on the New Era Pinstripe Bowl

9. Mark Ivey, Appalachian State

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13

Appalachian State lost head coach Scott Satterfield to Louisville, but Ivey was able to step in as the interim and the team didn’t miss a beat. It ripped apart a good Middle Tennessee team with a drama-free game, a balanced attack, and a great overall performance for the program’s fourth straight wins.
5 Thoughts on the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

8. PJ Fleck, Minnesota

Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10

No one got Fleck the memo that his team was supposed to get run over by Paul Johnson’s option attack in his final game at the helm. Instead, Minnesota’s running game dominated, the D seemed to sniff out everything, and there were little to no problems. The team looked and played perfectly prepared for what was coming.
5 Thoughts on the Quick Lane Bowl

7. Gus Malzahn, Auburn

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Auburn 63, Purdue 14

Malzahn’s team didn’t make the trip to Atlanta against UCF in last year’s Peach Bowl, and that wasn’t going to happen this bowl season. You want energy? You want a gameplan? You want to show the explosion and home runs that weren’t there all season long? 28-0 in the first quarter, 56-0 at the half, and it was never a game. The Auburn coaching staff had this one cold.
5 Thoughts on the Music City Bowl

6. Ed Orgeron, LSU

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
LSU 40, UCF 32

There were plenty of times when this could’ve gone very, very badly. Orgeron was all but dragging people out of the stands to play in the secondary, a huge chunk of the top defensive players were missing, and the team got in a hole early on. But like it was able to do for most of the year, the team executed and it managed to end the UCF two-year winning run.
5 Thoughts on the Fiesta Bowl

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