Both Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Oregon coach Chip Kelly have quickly risen to the top of their profession early in their careers. Chizik, who had been a former coordinator at Auburn and later became head coach at Iowa State, was a questionable hire at best when Auburn announced his hiring two years ago. Now, however, thanks to some help from Gus Malzahn (his offensive coordinator) and Cameron Newton, he is considered to be a genius hire.
Kelly was also a coordinator at Oregon before becoming head coach, but he skipped a phase, unlike Chizik, and was vaulted to head coach after Mike Bellotti retired at the end of the 2008 season. His tenure so far has been nothing short of outstanding, becoming the first Pac-10 head coach to win the championship in only his first season. His innovative offense has caused him to be described as an offensive genius.
This is a fantastic matchup between relatively-new head coaches and an interesting chess match between Malzahn and current Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.