Before 2010, Gene Chizik was considered the lucky coach who was given the keys to one of the best programs in the SEC.
Then Cam Newton transferred to Auburn and Nick Fairley decided to play like a beast on the defensive line, allowing Chizik to have a breakout season.
Now it doesn’t take a perfect season for a coach to have a breakout year, but it doesn’t hurt either.
So with the season ready to open Thursday, who are the most likely candidates to have a Gene Chizik-like season?
Keep reading for our best guess.