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Head coach Mike Riley, Oregon State
If there is one coach who has shocked football nation with the way he has turned around a team this year, it's Oregon State head coach Mike Riley.
Last year, the Beavers finished the season 3-9 but this year, they're ranked No. 8 and undefeated at 5-0 (3-0 Pac-12).
This year, the Beavers have the best rushing defense in the conference and the fourth-best in FBS. The Beavers also have the eighth-best passing offense in the country.
But Riley's ability to overcome adversity this year is the biggest factor in why he deserves this award. When quarterback Sean Mannion went down with an injury, Cody Vaz, who hadn't played in a year-and-a-half, was tabbed the starter in the Beavers' game against BYU.
Riley, according to The Oregonian, said "We're going to win the game with Cody."
Nobody believed him. Except the Beavers.
Oregon State beat BYU, 42-24, in Provo, Utah.
Chip Kelly (Oregon), Rich Rodriguez (Arizona), Todd Graham (Arizona State) and David Shaw (Stanford).