Let’s exclude Justin Wilcox and Willie Taggart from this discussion since they are in their inaugural campaigns.
10. Jim Mora, UCLA Bruins. After a Pac-12 title appearance in his inaugural season, Mora has stumbled every chance since then to return to that game. Big season for Mora ahead to prove that he can still coach at a high level.
9. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona Wildcats. Tough slide for Rich-Rod two years removed from the Pac-12 title game. It’s an important year to stop the bleeding.
8. Todd Graham, Arizona State Sun Devils. It’s been a few rough seasons for Graham. Big year to turn it around.
7. Gary Andersen, Oregon State Beavers. Oregon State beat their rivals and showed positive trends the last two months. Good sign that the Beaver malaise may be ending.
6. Mike Leach, Washington State Cougars. Leach is be in a spot where Washington State fans are happy to be getting to bowl games. Can they take the next step and get to a title game?
5. Kyle Whittingham, Utah Utes. Utah always wins eight games and beat someone they shouldn’t. They also give their fans ulcers with close win after close win.
4. Clay Helton, USC Trojans. Helton has put USC in the right direction, but expectations are always high.
3. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado Buffaloes. Colorado is good again! That’s all Buffs fans have asked for the last decade.
2. David Shaw, Stanford Cardinal. Stanford had their second worst season under Shaw last year. They went 9-4, beat Cal, UCLA, USC, Oregon and Notre Dame. Nothing to worry about here.
1. Chris Petersen, Washington Huskies. Washington appears to have returned to the top of the conference and is in no position to relinquish that title.