The 2012 college football regular season has quickly come to a close, which means we can begin to look over some of the top candidates for the Coach of the Year. This season, there are many legitimate candidates that you can throw onto the table.
There are coaches that have completely turned programs around with one season. Some guys have saved teams from falling off the map and becoming irrelevant. There are first-year head coaches that have caught everybody by surprise. And then there are master motivators that have inspired their team to give it their all, even if the season includes no reward at the end.
So who has done the best job roaming the sidelines?
I personally prefer coaches that have done the most with the least. Give me the guys that nobody was expecting much from but were able to make a serious impact on the season. I don't want the coach whose team has all of the talent and is expected to compete for national championships every year.
I want the coach that has turned a program around when nobody was paying attention.
With that said, here are the top 10 candidates for the 2012 College Football Coach of the Year.