Expectations For The New Head Coaches: 21 For 2021 College Football Topics, No. 16

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2021 New College Football Head Coaches: Lowered Expectations … But Go Bowling

These four coaches are taking over okay situations. There’s no need for a total gut job, but there’s a ton of work to be done. However, with a little luck, a bowl game is possible.

Blake Anderson, Utah State

Top Lines of the Resumé: Two-time Sun Belt championship head coach at Arkansas State.
– Took ASU to six bowl appearances in his first six seasons before missing out in 2020.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Come up with a winning record. The schedule isn’t easy, but getting to six wins isn’t asking for the world even coming off a mystifying 1-5 season. It wasn’t all that long ago when Utah State went 11-2 in 2018.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: At least three bowl games, maybe four, and at least one appearance in the Mountain West Championship.


Bret Bielema, Illinois

Top Lines of the Resumé: Three-time Big Ten champion head coach at Wisconsin.
– 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Go bowling – or get close. Beat UTSA. Beat Charlotte. Win four more games among Nebraska, Maryland, at Purdue, Rutgers, and win an upset here or there.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Three bowl games, one push to at least make fans think there’s a shot at a Big Ten West title, beat Wisconsin at least twice, beat Northwestern at least three times.


Jedd Fisch, Arizona

Top Lines of the Resumé: NFL offensive coordinator at Jacksonville for two seasons and Minnesota for a season.
– Interim head coach at UCLA for two games in 2017 – he went 1-1.

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Set the foundation for an Arizona team that actually plays defense while showcasing a consistently dangerous offense. Come up with a differentiating factor that’s good enough to win five games going into the showdown with Arizona State to close out the season.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: Four bowl appearances, one Pac-12 South title, three wins over Arizona State.


Will Hall, Southern Miss

Top Lines of the Resumé: 31-9 at West Georgia with four D-II Playoff appearances
– Gulf South Coach of the Year: 2011, 2012

Realistic Expectations In Year One: Get to a bowl game. Southern Miss  had five straight winning seasons before the 2020 clunker, and it’s got enough good parts – and a WAY easy schedule – to demand nothing less than six wins.

Realistic Expectations Over Next Five Years: The 41-year-old new head man brings his offensive coaching talents to the Golden Eagles with a fun style that brings at least one Conference USA title and bowl games over each of the next five years.

Total rebuild with no instant expectations
Go bowling, and maybe do more
You get a year, sort of. WIN NOW

NEXT: Go Bowling, and Maybe More

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