- Gary Pinkel, Missouri
- David Cutcliffe, Duke
- Art Briles, Baylor
- Gus Malzahn, Auburn
- Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
- Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
- David Shaw, Stanford
- George O'Leary, Central Florida
They made it to the effin' SEC title game. Yeah, Missouri. Heck, even SB Nation's own Mizzou guy, Bill Connelly was hoping for a top 20 team, but predicting a 7 win team. And fearing that Pinkel's seat was going to smolder this season.
Cutcliffe took Duke to the ACC title game. Yes, Duke. Granted, they got blasted by Florida State, but still...it's Duke. Art Briles would win a coach of the decade for making Baylor relevant, but I'm not so sure they just didn't emerge from a rather weak Big XII.