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#1 David Shaw vs. #9 Mike Leach: Vote for the better Pac-12 football coach!

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Harry How

For a better explanation of the Best Pac-12 Football Coach death match, go here.

(Bracket available here).

So Mike Leach managed to land the first round victory over Mike Riley, with his Texas Tech resume just seemingly edging out Riley's impressive tenure in Corvallis in the minds of voters.


#1 David Shaw, Stanford Cardinal head coach: All Shaw has done in his three years at Stanford is take the Cardinal to two Pac-12 championships, two Rose Bowls, and a third BCS at-large appearance. Stanford is not going anywhere these next few seasons and figures to be a constant menace in the Pac-12 for years to come. The big issue with Shaw is whether he can win with his own recruits and not Jim Harbaugh's. We will have our answer soon enough.

#9 Mike Leach, Washington St. Cougars head coach: Leach has become an iconic figure in college football for his awesome quotes and just all-around idiosyncracies. He is slowly bringing Washington State back from years of painful rebuilding, and they made a bowl game for the first time in a decade last season.

Prediction: This will be a close matchup. Leach has a huge fanbase and might have a lot of upset potential at this spot. Shaw is well-liked and well-respected, but he is still fairly new to the head coaching establishment. Will he be able to move on?

Vote below! Voting closes April 17th.