Head Coach Rankings: All 78 This 2019-2020 Bowl Season

Head Coach Rankings: All 78 This 2019-2020 Bowl Season

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Head Coach Rankings: All 78 This 2019-2020 Bowl Season

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Head Coach Rankings: Bowl Season Top 50

50. Tom Allen, Indiana

5 Thoughts on the Gator Bowl
Tennessee 23, Indiana 22

There are several positive ways to spin this. Indiana still had a shot to pull out the win late and didn’t get the field goal, the defense was terrific at times, and the team had a 22-9 lead. Yeah, the team had a 22-9 lead … and blew it. It’s hard to find too many positive things about giving up 14 points in the final 4:21.

49. Odell Haggins, Florida State

5 Thoughts on the Sun Bowl
Arizona State 20, Florida State 14

His quarterback just had a bad day. Haggins and the FSU coaches tried to shake things up, they ran the ball, and they relied on the defense to keep this close. As bad as things were with James Blackman throwing four picks – and with the O turning it over six times overall – the chances were still there to win. The team played hard – it was just too loose with the ball.

48. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

5 Thoughts on the Citrus Bowl
Alabama 35, Michigan 16  

The coaching in the game wasn’t awful considering Bama had its stars being Bama stars. The problem was that Bama had the stars in the first place – this loss exposed the painful talent game between Michigan and the Tides and Buckeyes of the world. It was a good game plan – the Wolverines were up at halftime – but again, the talent wasn’t there.

47. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin

5 Thoughts on the Rose Bowl
Oregon 28, Wisconsin 27

How much can you blame the coaching staff for the punter dropping the ball, a HORRIBLE late offensive pass interference call, and four turnovers in all? The game plan actually worked. Oregon was held to under 200 yards of offense until the final play, and the offense pounded away at will. The Badgers did everything but win the game.

46. Herm Edwards, Arizona State

5 Thoughts on the Sun Bowl
Arizona State 20, Florida State 14

Can you game plan to come up with six takeaways? This win was one of those sausage games for the Sun Devils – don’t ask how it was made. The offense couldn’t do much of anything right, but offset that by a defense that forced mistake after mistake. No matter how it looked, Herm got the bowl win – and a new contract extension.

45. Matt Rhule, Baylor

5 Thoughts on the Sugar Bowl
Georgia 26, Baylor 14

His team didn’t have it. Georgia was missing a slew of pieces on the offensive line – the O was challenged to begin with – and yet the Baylor D couldn’t stop WR George Perkins. The Bear offense couldn’t get the running game going and the passing attack couldn’t battle back, but the team kept fighting. Ten penalties, -3 turnover margin, fewer than 300 yards of offense – Baylor didn’t play its game.

44. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

5 Thoughts on the Texas Bowl
Texas A&M 24, Oklahoma State 21

It could’ve gone either way. Gundy’s team didn’t get the offensive production it needed, but the defense was solid until a few late plays. There’s no getting on Gundy for anything specific – it was a good bowl game that was about as dead even as it got this postseason.

43. Ryan Day, Ohio State

5 Thoughts on the Fiesta Bowl
Clemson 29, Ohio State 23

Let’s just forget about not going for two with a chance to go up three in the fourth quarter. The whiff didn’t matter, but the bigger problem was the team’s inability to put the game away early, or come through late on either side of the ball. Ohio State outplayed Clemson, and Ohio State lost to Clemson because it allowed a 94-yard scoring drive in the final few minutes, and then misfired on a pass play that didn’t need to be anything dangerous.

42. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest

5 Thoughts on the Military Bowl
Michigan State 27, Wake Forest 21

How were the Demon Deacons still in this? The offense died in the second half, and the defense got ripped apart, but it was still close right up until the end. Clawson and his staff, though, couldn’t figure out how to get any second half points.

41. Kalani Sitake, BYU

5 Thoughts on the Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii 38, BYU 34

His team couldn’t hang on. The offense turned it over three times, but the defense did a great job adjusting at halftime as it held down the Hawaii attack to nothing in the second half … until the final moments. Sitake’s Cougars played just fine – it simply lost a great game.

40. Mario Cristobal, Oregon

5 Thoughts on the Rose Bowl
Oregon 28, Wisconsin 27

A win is a win is a win, and Cristobal will always have Rose Bowl Champion  Head Coach as part of his resumé, but his team’s offense didn’t work. The defense got hammered on, and the idea that the lines could get physical with the Badgers was a horrible miscalculation. But … a win is a win is a win.

39. Billy Napier, Louisiana

5 Thoughts on the LendingTree Bowl
Louisiana 27, Miami University 17

He got the bowl win. This was a quirky Miami University team his Ragin’ Cajuns faced, and it wasn’t going to be a breeze. The RedHawks have a way of slowing things down, and it didn’t matter, Napier’s offense was able to make this relatively comfortable against the MAC champion.

38. Willie Fritz, Tulane

5 Thoughts on the Armed Forces Bowl
Tulane 30, Southern Miss 13

Where was the team in the first half? Tulane was the definition of a flat bowl team when everything was clicking for Southern Miss, but a few injuries later and it all flipped. A 24-pound Green Wave third quarter put this away, and the defense tightened up, but it shouldn’t have taken one big burst to get there.

37. Hugh Freeze, Liberty

5 Thoughts on the Cure Bowl
Liberty 23, Georgia Southern 16


His team outplayed the Eagles. This wasn’t a Georgia Southern team built to mount any sort of a comeback, and Liberty got up 23-7. With plenty of time to prepare, the Flame D did its job against the option attack.

36. Butch Davis, FIU

Camellia Bowl 5 Things That Matter
Arkansas State 34, FIU 26

It was a good, tight game that FIU was able to stay in despite having big problems with the Arkansas State offense. However, Davis couldn’t get his D to slow down the Red Wolves early and the O had to always play catchup.

35. Lance Leipold, Buffalo

5 Thoughts on the Bahamas Bowl
Buffalo 31, Charlotte 9

Up 24-0 in the second half, the team rose up and was ready right out of the gate. It got RB Jaret Patterson going right away, kept him rolling, and his team won easily.

34. James Franklin, Penn State

5 Thoughts on the Cotton Bowl
Penn State 53, Memphis 39

The offense worked, and the team hit the putt against the Group of Five program. The defense didn’t work, it got hit for 479 yards, and Franklin was coaching against a new guy who took over after Memphis lost Mike Norvell to Florida State. The final score was ugly, but this should’ve been way, way easier.

33. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia

5 Thoughts on the Orange Bowl
Florida 36, Virginia 28

It was a loss, but it was a loss to a far better team that played well enough to make this a blowout – and it wasn’t. It helped that QB Bryce Perkins went off and wouldn’t stop, and the team didn’t beat itself. However, the defense didn’t have any answers for the Gator balance.

32. Tyson Helton, WKU

5 Thoughts on the First Responders Bowl
WKU 23, Western Michigan 20

It shouldn’t have come down to a bomb of a field goal to pull this off considering the offense put up 481 yards, but a win is a win. Helton was able to get the substitutions right late, the offense marched after catching a major break, and it was a thrilling win in one of the best games of the bowl season. Helton’s D, though, should’ve been a wee bit better.

31. Dan Mullen, Florida

5 Thoughts on the Orange Bowl
Florida 36, Virginia 28

He had his guys back on the defensive line, enough pieces were there to be great – at least, rested – and it allowed 300 passing yards for the first time all year. It was a great game plan with good balance and solid power, but it took a bit too much work to put the game away.

30. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan

5 Thoughts on the Quick Lane Bowl
Pitt 34, Eastern Michigan 30

His team played its tail off. Eastern Michigan shouldn’t have been able to hang with a Pitt team that was obviously not taking this game lightly, and yet it was still a dogfight for a full four quarters. QB Mike Glass melted down late, but this mediocre MAC squad gave the ACC team all it could handle.

29. Frank Solich, Ohio

5 Thoughts on the Idaho Potato Bowl
Ohio 30, Nevada 21

The man has figured out how to coach up bowl teams lately. After a wonderful job down against San Diego State last year, this time around his Bobcats took over in the first half, got up 20-6 – and 30-9 after three – and own the game. Everything clicked with a great defensive performance when it mattered, and a ground attack that dominated

28. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee

5 Thoughts on the Gator Bowl
Tennessee 23, Indiana 22

How much do you really want to give credit to Pruitt for the onside kick and crazy comeback? Take the win and enjoy – now the offseason is about to be a whole lot more fun. On the downside, it took a historic run of 14 points in the final five minutes to pull it off. For a program that hasn’t had a lick of luck over the last few years, it’ll take the win.

27. Justin Wilcox, Cal

5 Thoughts on the Redbox Bowl
Cal 35, Illinois 20

The defense wasn’t its normal self, but the offense wasn’t the regular Cal offense, either. It roared past the first quarter as the team showed just how good it could be with QB Chase Garbers healthy and rolling. It would’ve been nice to have gotten off to a hotter start, but that’s nitpicking – it was a dominant bowl win over a Big Ten team.

26. Craig Bohl, Wyoming

5 Thoughts on the Arizona Bowl
Wyoming 38, Georgia State 17

Always give credit to coaching staffs that are able to adjust enough to go against type. Wyoming couldn’t do anything offensively this season, but it got a massive day out of Xazavian Valladay as both a runner and a receiver, Levi Willians threw three touchdown passes, and this well-prepared team made it a breeze.

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