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NCAAF Top 4: High-profile program coaching changes

Many high-profile coaching jobs were filled in the college football ranks this offseason. For some programs, a new head coach can breathe life into a struggling team. For others, it’s a painful learning curve early in the schedule.

We look at four big-name college football teams under new head coaches this season and how they stack up in the NCAAF conference futures:

Auburn Tigers (+8,000 to win SEC)

Out: Gene Chizik
In: Gus Malzahn


Malzahn is back at Auburn after a brief stop at Arkansas State. The mastermind behind the Tigers’ potent offense during their BCS title run in 2010, inherits a young team packed with potential. Auburn is still trying to lock down a No. 1 quarterback, with Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace as the frontrunners. But don’t rule out JuCo transfer Nick Marshall, who has followed a similar troubled path to Auburn as former star Cam Newton.

Oregon Ducks (+150 to win Pac-12)


Out: Chip Kelly
In: Mark Helfrich


The Ducks lose Kelly to the NFL and turn the keys over to former offensive coordinator Helfrich. Oregon’s plan of attack should remain the same, leaving opposing defenses with their hands on their knees by the fourth quarter. Perhaps the biggest difference will be on those close calls that Kelly was so apt to go for. This is Helfrich first go-around as a head coach and those fourth-and-short and 2-point conversion decisions could weigh heavy on him in a competitive Pac-12.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (+1,500 to win Big 12)

Out: Tommy Tuberville
In: Kliff Kingsbury

Kingsbury brings some serious QB pedigree to Lubbock, where he played his college ball. The former NFL passer was the man behind the curtain for Johnny Manziel’s Heisman campaign at Texas A&M last season and served as offensive coordinator for record-setting QB Case Keenum at Houston. However, the 33 year old doesn’t have that same talent at Texas Tech, with redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer tabbed as a soft No. 1. Kingsbury will have to prove that it was him, and not all that ample talent, that got him where he is.

Wisconsin Badgers (+350 to win Big Ten)

Out: Brett Bielema
In: Gary Andersen


Andersen made Utah State the best bet in college football last season, going 11-2 SU and 11-1-1 ATS. He’s built a reputation of turning around lost programs but now has a history of success to follow and steps into a different world in Madison. Andersen is a Big Ten outsider and will quickly learn about performing on the big stage. He’s done well with little pressure in past jobs. Now he has a ton of expectations to keep the wins coming at Wisconsin.

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Posted by warcameagle56
11 months ago

I wasnt so sure Malzahn was head coaching material when he left.This guy is a WORKER and cleaned house on the plains.He eats,sleeps and lives football and from what hear about the other half he has even more motivation to live in the film room.Nobody will convince me Chizik is a bad football coach,but the fact is the wheels just fell off and a change had to be made.I think Auburn comes out freaking rocking under the 2010 Sports Illustrated Man of the Year.He certainly has his work cut out for him having 2 Conference USA UAB quarterbacks with 2012 Mr.Alabama coming to campus and former Georgia signee Nick Marshall transferring in.Gus will have to figure out which one of the 4 will give Auburn the best chance to win.My guess is Auburn will go 4-0 nonconference ,beat Tenn in Knoxville,beat Miss State@ home will be tough,but is doable and hopefully find a way to beat OleMiss in Auburn which will be real interesting in Arky St 1yr coach Bowl.Auburn should win in Fayetteville,but their program will be fired up with new coach Brett Bilemna...Auburn has argueably the best mind in college football in Gus Malzahn while many coaches say people were catching on to 'The Gimmick ' razzle dazzle offense his last year in the SEC 2011.Personally,I think this Auburn team has more talent than the 8-5 2011 team without having to play Clemson or South Carolina and Arky is in its rebuilding phase,but u have Johnny Football@TxA&m,a much improved Ole Miss and MissST team..its just gonna be tough to win 8,9,10 games ,but mark my word this team will improve drastically from the beginning to the end of the season..Write it down Auburn beats Georgia and will be a top preseason 10 team come the 2014 season.Its gonna be fun watching Auburn's offense grow into high powered 600 yd per game offense...I wanted Petrino,but we are in the bible belt so the fans were too divided.
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Posted by warcameagle56
11 months ago

I wasnt so sure Malzahn was head coaching material when he left.This guy is a WORKER and cleaned house on the plains.He eats,sleeps and lives football and from what hear about the other half he has even more motivation to live in the film room.Nobody will convince me Chizik is a bad football coach,but the fact is the wheels just fell off and a change had to be made.I think Auburn comes out freaking rocking under the 2010 Sports Illustrated Man of the Year.He certainly has his work cut out for him having 2 Conference USA UAB quarterbacks with 2012 Mr.Alabama coming to campus and former Georgia signee Nick Marshall transferring in.Gus will have to figure out which one of the 4 will give Auburn the best chance to win.My guess is Auburn will go 4-0 nonconference ,beat Tenn in Knoxville,beat Miss State@ home will be tough,but is doable and hopefully find a way to beat OleMiss in Auburn which will be real interesting in Arky St 1yr coach Bowl.Auburn should win in Fayetteville,but their program will be fired up with new coach Brett Bilemna...Auburn has argueably the best mind in college football in Gus Malzahn while many coaches say people were catching on to 'The Gimmick ' razzle dazzle offense his last year in the SEC 2011.Personally,I think this Auburn team has more talent than the 8-5 2011 team without having to play Clemson or South Carolina and Arky is in its rebuilding phase,but u have Johnny Football@TxA&m,a much improved Ole Miss and MissST team..its just gonna be tough to win 8,9,10 games ,but mark my word this team will improve drastically from the beginning to the end of the season..Write it down Auburn beats Georgia and will be a top preseason 10 team come the 2014 season.Its gonna be fun watching Auburn's offense grow into high powered 600 yd per game offense...I wanted Petrino,but we are in the bible belt so the fans were too divided.
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Posted by stats1
11 months ago

I would say Ark. Is a more high profile team then Tex. Tech...
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Posted by J_Logan
11 months ago

Had Arkansas on the list but then remembered that anyone can do a better job than John L Smith. At least we got a few funny press conferences out of him...
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Posted by J_Logan
11 months ago

"Had Arkansas on the list but then remembered that anyone can do a better job than John L Smith. At least we got a few funny press conferences out of him..."