Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has helped the Broncos become one of the best FBS programs of the last decade. Imagine what Petersen could do with a more prestigious program. With that said, which college football powerhouses would love to have Petersen leading their teams this season?
When Petersen assumed his current position in 2006, he began building on what Dirk Koetter and Dan Hawkins started: consistently leading Boise State to 10-win seasons. Petersen has brought the Broncos to even greater heights, which includes four Top 10 rankings in the final AP poll. Before Petersen’s arrival, the program never finished better than 12th in that poll.
Petersen also has led Boise State to two Fiesta Bowl victories, and in those seasons (2006 and 2009), the Broncos finished with no losses.
Of all the programs one might consider elite in college football today, Boise State arguably has the most limitations. The conference affiliation (Mountain West) and lack of big-time recruits haven’t helped the Broncos get to the top, so Petersen’s coaching abilities are even more impressive. Petersen develops players passed over by other powerhouses into guys who can beat any team in the country.
Some powerhouses have all the resources available to make them champions, but they can’t meet their expectations. If they had a coach like Petersen, then maybe they could meet those goals. This list contains eight powerhouses in this group of underachievers.
Powerhouses with first-year head coaches didn’t make the list, because we can assume they’ve acknowledged and addressed any recent coaching-related issues. The teams are listed in alphabetical order.