Charlie Weis and Every BCS Head Coach: Who Could Win a Conference Title?

Alex CallosCorrespondent IMay 1, 2012

Charlie Weis and Every BCS Head Coach: Who Could Win a Conference Title?

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    Winning a conference title may seem not see like an easy task. Big-time coaches like Nick Saban, Les Miles, Chip Kelly, Urban Meyer, Mack Brown and Bob Stoops on the other hand make it look easy. They seemingly have no problem winning conference championships year in and year out.

    They will likely win more before they retire from college coaching.

    But, what about the younger coaches and those that have not been able to win their conference. Is there a chance they will ever be able to win a BCS conference championship?

    Some of them are certainly on the rise, while others are seemingly treading in water.

    Here is a breakdown of every BCS coach and whether or not they will win a conference title.

Nick Saban: Alabama

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    Right now, Nick Saban is the hottest coach in college football and perhaps the best in the country. He has not only won conference titles, but also national championships.

    Over his coaching career he has won three SEC championships and even won a MAC title way back at Toledo in 1990.

    Saban is one of the best in the business and has proven he is capable of winning a conference championship or two...or more.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Rich Rodriguez: Arizona

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    After so much success at West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez fell flat on his face at Michigan. He now has a shot at his third BCS school, Arizona.

    Arizona has struggled in recent years, and given the talent of the Pac-12, it would be hard to imagine the Wildcats winning a conference title anytime soon, but Rodriguez did win four Big East Conference championships at West Virginia.

    Michigan did not give him enough of a chance and if Arizona does, he may just prove again what he can do as a head coach.

    Either way he has proven it on the field before in a BCS conference.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Todd Graham: Arizona State

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    Entering his seventh season as a head coach, Todd Graham is already on his fourth team, and with any amount of success at Arizona State he is likely to jump ship to a bigger job.

    Over his first six seasons, he has won 49 games with only 29 losses and has made five bowl games in six seasons.

    He took Tulsa to two Conference USA championship games, but never won a conference crown and only went 6-6 at Pittsburgh last season.

    He will have his work cut out for him, and it will be hard for him to win a conference championship in a BCS league.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

John L. Smith: Arkansas

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    John L. Smith was hired to replace Bobby Petrino, much to the chagrin of many Razorback fans. He has been the head coach at multiple Division 1 schools and has totaled six conference championships.

    None of those championships came when he was the head coach at his only BCS school at the time Michigan State.

    It is not certain how long Smith will stay around at Arkansas, but given the fact that he is 63 and Arkansas is in a tough SEC West division, it is unlikely he will ever win a conference title in his remaining coaching career.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Gene Chizik: Auburn

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    When Gene Chizik was hired at Auburn University, many people disagreed with the choice of the school to hire a relative unknown from Iowa State.

    Well, one SEC title and a national championship later, nobody is disagreeing anymore.

    Auburn was not nearly as good last season without Cam Newton, but still managed to finish 8-5 with a bowl victory.

    Chizik has proven it on the field and will likely do it again sometime down the road.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Art Briles: Baylor

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    Art Briles did win a Conference USA championship while at Houston, but since his arrival at Baylor, he has never finished any higher than his tie for third last season.

    That was with a guy like Robert Griffin III. While he has slowly improved the Baylor football program, Briles is not likely to win a conference championship any time soon in the Big 12. 

    The Bears will suffer a severe drop off next season and may even struggle to qualify for a bowl game.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Frank Spaziani: Boston College

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    There are few coaches in college football that are on the hot seat more than Frank Spaziani at Boston College.

    He is entering his fourth season and has gotten progressively worse each year.

    Another bad season and he will be out the door. There is a slim to none chance that he will ever win a conference championship while at Boston College or any other BCS school.

    Spaziani is more likely to be fired than to win a BCS conference championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Jeff Tedord: California

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    Jeff Tedford is one of the longest tenured coaches in the Pac-12 having been at California for 10 seasons.

    His Cal Bears have finished just about everywhere in the conference and even tied for first place in 2006. He has never taken them to a BCS bowl game, and with the talent that is currently in the Pac-12, he has a long road ahead of him.

    Tedford has had a lot of success at California, but has never qualified for a BCS bowl game and will not do so in the future.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Butch Jones: Cincinnati

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    Butch Jones is an excellent coach who has finished either first or second in the conference in four of his five seasons as a head coach.

    During two years at Cincinnati, Jones is 14-11 and after going 4-8 during his first season, he rebounded with a 10-3 season and a tri-Big East championship.

    He is younger than most head coaches, and in a wide open Big East, it is only a matter of time before he wins an outright conference championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Dabo Swinney: Clemson

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    Dabo Swinney is fresh off an ACC championship and an appearance in the Orange Bowl.

    He proved for the first time last year what he is capable of doing as a head coach.

    Clemson has one of the most talented teams in the ACC once again, and another BCS appearance is not out of the question.

    Swinney is a rising young head coach who has a bright future ahead of him.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Jon Embree: Colorado

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    Jon Embree took over at Colorado last season after many years as an assistant coach.

    In his first season as a head coach, he promptly led the Buffaloes to a 3-10 season and a fifth place finish in the Pac-12 South division. It was a warm welcome to the conference for Colorado who came from the Big 12.

    It is unlikely that Colorado will be able to turn things around any time soon to rise to the top of the Pac-12.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Paul Pasqualoni: Connecticut

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    Paul Pasqualoni had 14 successful seasons at Syracuse during the 1990s and early 2000s. He won or shared three Big East championships, and after a few years as an assistant in the NFL, he took over the Connecticut program last season.

    Pasqualoni only won five games in 2011, and with his track record, he is likely to improve on that in the years to come.

    Randy Edsall did it at Connecticut and don't think Pasqualoni can't do the same.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

David Cutcliffe: Duke

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    David Cutcliffe nearly won an SEC championship in 2003 with Ole Miss, finishing tied for first in the West division and winning the Cotton Bowl.

    Since his arrival at Duke, he has only won six conference games in four years. Winning at Duke as a head football coach is one of the hardest things to do in college football.

    Cutliffe will have his hands full over the next few years at Duke, and if he does win a conference title, it will be one of the biggest surprises of anybody.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Will Muschamp: Florida

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    Will Muschamp is a rising young college football head coach who has his hands full at Florida in a tough SEC.

    He is only 40 and will be around for quite some time. Last season in his first as a head coach he went 7-6 in Gainesville.

    They have a lot of talent, particularly on defense, but are extremely young, and it looks like it will be a while before they win an SEC title.

    Either way, Muschamp will get a title or two somewhere down the road.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Jimbo Fisher: Florida State

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    Similar to Will Muschamp, Jimbo Fisher is a young head coach who is on the rise and unlike Muschamp, he is right on the verge of winning a conference championship.

    The Seminoles have seemingly been the favorite to win the ACC during his first two seasons in Tallahassee, but have not quite gotten the job done.

    This year may finally be the time for third-year head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Mark Richt: Georgia

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    Mark Richt has won two SEC championships during his 11 years at Georgia and has consistently proven it on the field with a 106-38 overall record.

    With the talent Georgia has this year, there is a chance he could get his third conference title as early as 2012.

    Richt is one of the best college football coaches in the country and has built quite a program at Georgia over the past decade.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Paul Johnson: Georgia Tech

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    In his four seasons at Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson has already won a conference championship and has taken the Yellow Jackets to an Orange Bowl.

    He has had quite a successful career at Georgia Southern and then Navy before arriving at Georgia Tech.

    The Yellow Jackets are once again one of the most talented teams in the ACC heading into 2012.

    A few more conference titles may be in the future for Georgia Tech and their head coach.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Tim Beckman: Illinois

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    Tim Beckman did an excellent job during his three seasons at Toledo. He took the Rockets to a bowl game each of the past two seasons. 

    Now at Illinois, Beckman will get his first shot at the big time and judging by past success, he will do just fine.

    If Beckman can get the number of talented players that Ron Zook did, he should have no problem coaching them up and contending for a B1G title in the next few years.

    A conference championship will come for this guy and the Fighting Illini sooner or later.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Kevin R. Wilson: Indiana

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    Indiana has quickly turned into the laughingstock of the B1G, and in his first season as a head coach in 2011, Kevin R. Wilson led the Hoosiers to a 1-11 season.

    There is a long way to go for Indiana to even have a shot to contend for a conference championship.

    Wilson may not last long enough to see Indiana even close to winning the B1G conference. If it happens, it would be almost as surprising as David Cutliffe at Duke.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Kirk Ferentz: Iowa

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    While Kirk Ferentz has never won an outright B1G championship, he did share the title in 2002 with the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes and the 2004 crown with Michigan.

    While he has never represented the B1G in the Rose Bowl, there has been a lot of success during his 13 seasons at Iowa.

    Kirk Ferentz is one of the best coaches in the conference and sooner or later, he will likely win another B1G championship

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Paul Rhoads: Iowa State

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    Even though Iowa State had the big victory over Oklahoma State, they had their worst conference season in the three years under head coach Paul Rhoads.

    Rhoads is 18-20 during his three seasons at Iowa State, and the Big 12 is getting better every year, particularly with the additions of West Virginia and TCU for 2012.

    Iowa State has a tough road ahead of them if they ever plan on winning a conference title, and odds are that will not happen under Rhoads' leadership.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Charlie Weis: Kansas

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    Winning football games at Kansas is the opposite of winning basketball games. It is not an easy task.

    Charlie Weis has his work cut out for him if he plans on being successful on the football field. He did lead Notre Dame to two BCS bowl games during his five seasons in South Bend.

    There is not much of a chance that Weis can turn the Kansas program around enough to win a Big 12 title.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Bill Snyder: Kansas State

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    Bill Snyder has been around for a long time and has done just about everything at Kansas State. He has won four Big 12 north division title during his 20 seasons in Manhattan and one outright conference championship. 

    Even though he is older than most college head coaches, he still seems to have another championship or two up his sleeve, and one could even come in 2012.

    Snyder is one of the legendary college football head coaches and has made the Kansas State program what it is today.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Joker Phillips: Kentucky

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    While winning basketball titles in the SEC is relatively easy for Kentucky, football titles on the other hand, are something completely different.

    Joker Phillips is 11-14 in his two seasons as a head coach, and the Wildcats have finished fifth in the SEC East each of those two seasons.

    While there is a chance Phillips might be able to go somewhere else and win a BCS conference title, it is not going to happen at Kentucky anytime soon.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Charlie Strong: Louisville

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    Charlie Strong is one of the best young coaches in college football.

    He will be entering his third year as the head football coach at Louisville. After going 7-6 in each of his first two seasons at Louisville, Strong may just have the talent to contend for a conference title in 2012.

    Last year he finished 5-2 in the Big East and was a tri-champion along with Cincinnati and West Virginia.

    It is only a matter of time before Louisville and Strong win a Big East championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Les Miles: LSU

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    This is obviously not even up for debate as Les Miles led the Tigers to an SEC championship last season. He also won an SEC championship in 2007 en route to a BCS national championship.

    Even though he is quirky and odd at times, Miles is not a bad college football coach and has proven that over the years at LSU.

    Look for a few more SEC championships before he is finished in Baton Rouge.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Randy Edsall: Maryland

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    Randy Edsall single-handedly turned the Connecticut program around, taking them from a 1-AA school when he took over in 1999 to the Big East champions during his final season in 2010.

    After losing in the Fiesta Bowl, Edsall moved on to Maryland where he promptly fell flat on his face en route to a 2-10 season. 

    It is only a matter of time before this talented coach gets things turned around and has the Terrapins in contention for an ACC title.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Al Golden: Miami

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    Al Golden was very successful during his final two seasons at Temple and now has one of the most difficult jobs in the country entering his second season at Miami with so much controversy surrounding the program.

    Golden went 6-6 last year during his first in South Beach. Duplicating that may be even tougher this season.

    With everything going on with the Miami program, it will be a while before they get back to where they once were, and Golden may not be there to enjoy it.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Brady Hoke: Michigan

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    Despite the fact that he had a career losing record at Ball State and San Diego State before arriving at Michigan, Brady Hoke is one of the best young coaches in the game.

    He led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory last year.

    The Wolverines will be just as good next season and one of the front runners in the B1G for years to come.

    It is only a matter of time before this guy gets his first BCS conference championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Mark Dantonio: Michigan State

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    Mark Dantonio has had a lot of success as a college football head coach, but has never been able to win an outright BCS conference championship at either Michigan State or at Cincinnati in the Big East.

    He has always had talented defenses and has been able to win some big games, but never the conference title.

    It is hard to imagine he will not get one sooner or later, but he better do it soon with Ohio State and Michigan on the rise.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Jerry Kill: Minnesota

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    Jerry Kill was very successful at his three previous stops, including Saginaw Valley, Emporia State, Southern Illinois and most recently Northern Illinois before arriving at Minnesota.

    Last year in his first at Minnesota, he led the Gophers to a 3-9 record. There are a lot of talented teams and head coaches that are beginning to emerge in the B1G, making it highly unlikely that Minnesota will rebound any time soon and contend for a conference crown.

    Winning at Minnesota has proved to be difficult not only to Kill, but to other coaches as well.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Hugh Freeze: Mississippi

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    Ole Miss has had some success in the past, but has struggled the past few years under the leadership of Houston Nutt.

    Now there is a new man in town and that is Hugh Freeze.

    Freeze comes to Ole Miss from Arkansas State where he won 10 games last season and a Sun Belt title. He is only 42 years old and has a bright future ahead of him. 

    It may be a while, but Freeze will get a conference championship somewhere down the line at Ole Miss.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Dan Mullen: Mississippi State

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    Dan Mullen is 21-17 in his three seasons as a head coach at Mississippi State. This is the only head coaching job he has had at the collegiate level, and he has shown some signs of getting things on track for the Bulldogs.

    It is hard to say whether or not he will be able to turn the program around enough to win an SEC championship.

    Mullen will find it tough winning the SEC any time.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Gary Pinkel: Missouri

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    Gary Pinkel started his collegiate head coaching career with 10 successful seasons at Toledo, including one MAC championship.

    After moving to Missouri in 2001, he has gone 85-54 in 11 seasons. While he has come close to winning a Big 12 championship, he has never done so, and now with Missouri heading to the SEC, it will be even more difficult.

    Pinkel may be one of the best coaches never to win a conference championship from a BCS league when it is all said and done.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Bo Pelini: Nebraska

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    Bo Pelini nearly won the Big 12 in each of the three seasons that he was in the conference, and last season during the first year for Nebraska in the B1G, he finished third in the Legends Division.

    The B1G is a tough conference, but it is hard to imagine the 44-year-old Pelini continuing his successful coaching career without winning a B1G title.

    He will have his hands full over the next few years, but will likely win a championship within the next five seasons. 

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Larry Fedora: North Carolina

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    Larry Fedora steadily improved the Southern Miss football team in each of his four seasons with the program, culminating with a Conference USA championship and a 12-win season in 2011.

    Now he will be moving on to North Carolina to take control of a program that is never short on talent.

    If he can keep bringing in the talented players, he has what it takes to coach them to an ACC title.

    It is only a matter of time for this young college football head coach.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Tom O'Brien: North Carolina State

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    Tom O'Brien spent nine successful seasons at Boston College before taking over at NC State in 2007.

    He has gone 33-30 during his five seasons with the Wolfpack, but has never finished higher than a tie for second in the Atlantic Division of the ACC.

    O'Brien is 63 and likely on the back side of his coaching career, so winning an ACC title does not seem likely for him or NC State, although a few more winning seasons is certainly not out of the question.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Pat Fitzgerald: Northwestern

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    With such high academic standards, winning a conference championship at Northwestern is not an easy task.

    Pat Fitzgerald is a talented young coach who has turned Northwestern into a winning program. The Wildcats have gone 40-36 during his six seasons as a head coach and have reached a bowl game each of the past four seasons.

    Unless he jumps ship for another BCS school, it is not likely he will be winning any B1G championships at Northwestern.

    Bowl games however will continue to be a regular occurrence.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Urban Meyer: Ohio State

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    Urban Meyer has been a head coach at four different college football programs. During his two seasons at Utah he won two conference championships.

    While at Florida he won two SEC titles along with two BCS national championships.

    Meyer is one of the best head coaches in college football with an overall record of 104-23. He has never won less than eight games in a single season and will win plenty of B1G championships in the years to come at Ohio State.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Bob Stoops: Oklahoma

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    When it comes to winning BCS conference championships, few have done it like Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.

    During his 13 seasons at Oklahoma, he has won seven Big 12 championships and one BCS national championship.

    There is no question he is one of the best coaches in the game and will win a few more conference championships before he calls it a career.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Mike Gundy: Oklahoma State

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    During his seven seasons at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy has completely turned around the Oklahoma State program and made them national championship contenders.

    While he may have peaked last season, it was quite a year for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State won 12 games last year and finished as the Big 12 champs, just missing out on a BCS national championship appearance. 

    It will be hard to duplicate that success, but Gundy has proven critics wrong on numerous occasions.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Chip Kelly: Oregon

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    Chip Kelly has only been a head coach at Oregon for three seasons, but has won the Pac-12 conference each of those three years.

    He has been one of the most successful coaches in the country over that span with a 34-6 record, including a BCS national championship appearance.

    It is only a matter of time before Kelly leads Oregon to a national championship victory.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Mike Riley: Oregon State

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    Mike Riley has had some success during his 11 seasons at Oregon State covering two tenures.

    He has never had enough success to finish higher than second in the Pac-12, and it doesn't look like he is ever going to be able to do so.

    Riley is another of the coaches who are on the hot seat, and after going 5-7 in 2010, he went 3-9 in 2011. Another losing season, and he may be out the door.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Bill O'Brien: Penn State

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    It is hard to tell what Bill O'Brien will bring to the table for Penn State, and there is no telling the success he will have.

    One thing is for sure. The Penn State program will take some years to rebuild, and there are so many talented coaches in the B1G that winning a conference championship does not seem likely any time soon.

    That is not to say that it will not happen sooner or later, but it is not guaranteed and not likely for a guy who has never been a head coach at any level.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Paul Chryst: Pittsburgh

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    Paul Chryst is entering his first year as a head coach after seven successful seasons as an offensive coordinator at Wisconsin.

    Winning at Pittsburgh will be tough the next couple of years, and when he does get his guys in the program, it will be a little tougher going to the ACC.

    Still, the ACC is not as good as it once was, and it is hard to imagine a guy who was the mastermind behind the Wisconsin offense the past few seasons not winning at least one BCS conference championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Danny Hope: Purdue

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    Danny Hope is 16-21 in three seasons at Purdue after going 35-22 in five years at Eastern Kentucky.

    Purdue is worlds behind a lot of other teams in the ,and the future is not looking too bright for the Boilermakers.

    The only way to say it is: There is not much hope for Purdue of competing in the B1G over the next few years.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Kyle Flood: Rutgers

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    Even though Greg Schiano is no longer with the Rutgers program, the new man in town Kyle Flood has a chance to win a conference championship in his first season.

    Thanks to some talent coming back and a very solid recruiting class, the Scarlet Knights may be the favorite in the Big East with West Virginia having moved to the Big 12 and Boise State still a year away from entering the league.

    He has never been the head coach of a college football team, but seems ready to win a weak Big East within the next few years.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Steve Spurrier: South Carolina

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    Steve Spurrier won an ACC championship at Duke in 1989. If that doesn't say how good of a coach he is, then nothing will.

    While at Florida he won six SEC championships over a 12-year span. After moving on to the NFL, he has since returned to the SEC as the head coach of South Carolina and has gotten close to a few titles.

    Whether or not he wins another one is up in the air, but there is no question Spurrier is one of the best in the business when it comes to winning conference championships.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Skip Holtz: South Florida

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    Before Randy Edsall was the man at Connecticut, it was Skip Holtz who helped get them on the map as he was the head coach from 1994-1998.

    He then won two Conference USA championships in his five season at East Carolina before taking the South Florida job in 2010.

    After a successful 8-5 year in 2010, South Florida only went 5-7 a year ago.

    They seemingly have the talent but can not put it all together. Don't know if Holtz ever will either.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

David Shaw: Stanford

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    David Shaw took over a talented Stanford program that was in good shape when Jim Harbaugh moved on to the San Francisco 49ers.

    He led the Cardinal to an 8-1 finish and nearly a Pac-12 title, but still a BCS appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.

    With USC now back and Oregon one of the best programs in the country, it is hard to imagine Stanford consistently being atop the Pac-12.

    Still, Shaw seems like a talented coach who will win at least one conference championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Doug Marrone: Syracuse

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    Doug Marrone took over the Syracuse football program as his first head coaching job in 2009 and has had limited success.

    During the past three seasons, the Orange have gone 17-20 and finished near the bottom of the Big East in two of the three years.

    The Syracuse football program has a lot of work to do, and it will only get tougher in the ACC.

    A conference championship does not seem likely for Marrone and the Orange.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Steve Addazio: Temple

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    Temple is making a move from the MAC to the Big East, and the competition will get much stiffer.

    Last year, first-year head coach Steve Addazio won nine games with the Owls. Don't expect near that many wins this season, but the Temple program has improved steadily over the years and could eventually contend for a Big East title within the next five years.

    Odds are Addazio will not win a conference championship though.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Derek Dooley: Tennessee

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    Derek Dooley was three games under .500 in his three years at Louisiana Tech and is now three games under .500 in his two years at Tennessee.

    It is hard to see him winning an SEC title. While he certainly still needs more time to show what he can do at Tennessee, the SEC is so competitive that a winning record in the conference would be something to build on.

    Odds are this guy never wins a major conference championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Mack Brown: Texas

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    Mack Brown has been one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Big 12 and has two conference titles to show for it.

    He has also won a BCS national championship and proved he is one of the best recruiters in the entire country.

    Look for Brown to win at least one more conference championship before he calls it a career.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Kevin Sumlin: Texas A&M

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    Kevin Sumlin had a lot of success at Houston going 35-17 and waited for the right job to come along.

    Just a few months ago, he left Houston for Texas A&M. The Aggies are joining the SEC, and winning here is never easy.

    Sumlin is such a talented young coach that it is hard to imagine him not winning an SEC title sometime down the line at Texas A&M.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Gary Patterson: TCU

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    It will be very interesting to see how TCU does at a major conference level next season as they head to the Big 12.

    Not many teams have had as much success as Patterson has at TCU over the past 12 seasons. They have been to multiple BCS bowl games, and it may take a while, but a Big 12 championship is in their future.

    Look for Patterson to get TCU to the top of the conference within the next decade.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Tommy Tuberville: Texas Tech

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    Tommy Tuberville has proven in the past that he is capable of winning major conference championships.

    In 2004 he led Auburn to the SEC championship and nearly the national championship game. He also won five SEC West Division titles during his 10 seasons at Auburn.

    He is 13-12 in his two seasons at Texas Tech, and it is doubtful they will win another conference championship, but don't put it past this guy, and since he has already proven it once, he is a definite yes.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Jim Mora Jr: UCLA

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    Jim Mora Jr. takes over a UCLA program that was seemingly run into the ground by former head coach Rick Neuheisel.

    He has coached in the NFL, but never as a head coach at the collegiate level.

    Mora may be able to help turn the Bruins program around, but it does not appear he will be one to win a conference championship.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Lane Kiffin: USC

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    Lane Kiffin has never won a conference championship during his brief three-year collegiate coaching career, but had the Trojans not been ineligible last season, they may have done so.

    USC is the most talented team in the nation at the skill positions heading into 2012 and is the likely favorite to win the national championship heading into 2012.

    It is only a matter of time before Kiffin gets that first Pac-12 championship, and many more are certain to follow.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Kyle Whittingham: Utah

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    Kyle Whittingham has been very successful at Utah over his seven years. He even went 13-0 and won a Sugar Bowl from the Mountain West Conference.

    Now in the Pac-12, it is going to be nearly impossible to win a BCS conference championship.

    He has been an extremely successful head coach, and that will likely continue, but a conference championship is not in his future.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

James Franklin: Vanderbilt

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    Similar to Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern, James Franklin has his work cut out for him at Vanderbilt.

    In his first year in 2011, he led the Commodores to a Liberty Bowl berth. Winning the SEC just seems a little out of the question, considering what he has to work with and the overall strength of the SEC.

    He is a very talented young coach, and the future is bright for Vanderbilt, just not SEC-championship bright.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Mike London: Virginia

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    The Virginia Cavaliers made quite a turnaround last season in their second year under head coach Mike London.

    During his first season at Virginia, the Cavaliers went 4-8, but improved to 8-5 a year ago.

    He was 24-5 in his two seasons at Richmond before getting the job at Virginia and has the Cavaliers headed in the right direction. An ACC championship, however, still seems like a long way away.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Frank Beamer: Virginia Tech

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    Frank Beamer has won seven conference championships during his 25 seasons at Virginia Tech.

    Among those titles are three Big East conference championships and four ACC championships. Those are some big-time numbers for a guy who will likely win one or two more before he retires.

    He is Virginia Tech football and is as important to his program as any coach in the country.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Jim Grobe: Wake Forest

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    Jim Grobe has been at Wake Forest longer than many people think and has even won an ACC championship in 2006.

    He is 68-67 in his 11 seasons with the Demon Deacons, and even though they have not had a lot of wins during the past three seasons, there is no arguing with his success over the years. 

    While he may not win another conference championship, there is no question that he is capable of doing so.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Steve Sarkisian: Washington

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    Steve Sarkisian has only been a head coach for three seasons and is 19-19 during that span.

    He has made it to a bowl game each of the past two seasons, and Washington will likely continue to make bowl games nearly every year.

    Winning the Pac-12 is something that is a little out of the question, however, and Sarkisian does not appear to be a coach capable of winning a major conference.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Mike Leach: Washington State

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    Mike Leach was very successful until the debacle that ended his career at Texas Tech. He put that program on the map and now will try to do the same for Washington State.

    While he has never won a conference title, he has come awful close at Texas Tech. It is unlikely, however, that he will be able to repeat the same success at Washington State.

    Only time will tell, but it looks like Leach's best chance to win a conference championship was at Texas Tech.

    Conference Championship Capable: No

Dana Holgorsen: West Virginia

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    Dana Holgorsen took over the West Virginia program last season in their final year in the Big East and won the conference en route to an Orange Bowl beat down of Clemson.

    Now the Mountaineers are in the Big 12, but they might just have the most talented team they have had in a long time.

    This could be a year where he wins another conference championship and contends for a national championship if they can get past Oklahoma.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes

Bret Bielema: Wisconsin

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    Bret Bielema won his first outright B1G championship last season, and he had perfect timing because with Michigan and Ohio State on the rise, that was likely his best chance.

    The Badgers are still very talented and could win another conference championship or two down the road, but that is not a guarantee.

    With the running game they have every year and one of the best offensive lines in the country, one more may be in store for Bielema.

    Conference Championship Capable: Yes