Houston Nutt, Ole Miss
After the long and interesting career at Arkansas, Nutt has done a fantastic job at Ole Miss in two years. Sure, he took over when many of Ed Orgeron’s recruits were reaching their prime, but it’s still impressive to go 9-4 with two Cotton Bowl wins two years in a row.
Status: Ole Miss is the place that canned David Cutcliffe after a down year, but Nutt might get a little more leeway. Last year might have been a mega-disappointment, but 9-4 with a bowl win is good no matter what.
Les Miles, LSU
The guy has two SEC West titles, a national championship, and four bowl wins in five years, but after winning 34 games in his first three seasons the Tigers have gone 8-5 and 9-4. He’ll never get fired unless something crazy-bad happens, but he’s under pressure to get LSU back into the title hunt now at Alabama has become the star of the SEC West.
Status: Knock, knock … Who’s there? … The University of Michigan after another disappointing season from Rich Rodriguez …