8 College Football Coaching Showdowns We Can't Wait to See in 2014

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8 College Football Coaching Showdowns We Can't Wait to See in 2014
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What was the best handshake of 2013?

Was it Gus Malzahn hooking up with Nick Saban in the aftermath of the most unpredictable finish in Iron Bowl history?  Was it Brady Hoke connecting with Urban Meyer after nearly ending Ohio State’s run to perfection?

Or was it USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron pumping arms with Stanford’s David Shaw after shocking the Cardinal in November?

Putting which one was the best aside, which of any of these mid-field meetings could you have predicted as memorable before the season started?

Sure, we know what games we are looking forward to in 2014, but which feature the most intriguing combination of coaches?

Coaching matchups are the game within the game, a chess match between two guys who live in the shadows of the gray area that exists between trying to win a title and trying to stay employed.


Schedule data courtesy of FB Schedules.  Statistics courtesy of College Football Statistics and College Football Data Warehouse.  Returning starter data courtesy of Phil Steele.  Recruiting data courtesy of Rivals.

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