Category: The Gould Standard

No. 11: Miami

Talk about a win-win. Georgia fires Mark Richt and hires Kirby Smart, who takes the Dawgs within an eyelash of the national championship in 2017, his second season. Richt, meanwhile, is hired by his alma mater, Miami. The...

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No. 12: Oklahoma

Is Lincoln Riley an amazing young genius who’s ready to accomplish things that will place him among the greatest college coaches of this generation? Or did having Baker Mayfield directing his offense give an enhanced view of...

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No. 13: Texas

What’s that old saying? “First year of a rebuild, lose close.’’ Texas certainly accomplished that in Tom Herman’s inaugural season. Four of its losses (USC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech) were by a combined 15...

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No. 14: Auburn

Quick now. No Google Search allowed: Who won the SEC West last year? If you said, “Alabama,’’ go back to your device. It was Auburn, which beat the Crimson Tide 26-14 in the Iron Bowl two weeks after throttling Georgia...

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No 15: Stanford

If Stanford is a little under the radar this year, that’s understandable. Washington is deserving of the attention it’s receiving as the Pac-12 standard bearer. The Chip Kelly Era is beginning at UCLA. And USC is USC. But...

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No. 16: Florida

Ordinarily, I don’t put much stock in first-year coaches trying to restore messy situations at tradition-laden programs. But Dan Mullen is no ordinary coach. And Florida is no ordinary program. Returning to Gainesville—where he...

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