Three Big 12 football coaches were named in the CBS Sports Top 25 FBS head coaches, which was released earlier this week.
The rankings were a follow-up to the rankings that CBS published at this time last year. But many coaches moved up and down the list after a volatile offseason that saw nearly 30 head-coaching jobs change over.
That included three changes in the Big 12 — Brent Venables at Oklahoma, Sonny Dykes at TCU and Joey McGuire at Texas Tech.
None of them made the Top 25.
Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy slipped into the Top 10 at No. 10. The dean of Big 12 football coaches led the Cowboys to the Big 12 Championship Game last season. He climbed five spots from last year’s rankings. The Cowboys went 12-2 overall and Gundy is closing in on 150 career victories. He’s also won more bowl games at OSU than all former OSU head coach combined.
Right behind Gundy at No. 11 is the coach that beat him in last December’s Big 12 title game — Baylor’s Dave Aranda. Aranda wasn’t in the Top 25 last year. In fact, in CBS’s rankings of all FBS coaches, Aranda was No. 62 last year, which means he made a 51-spot jump. The Bears won the Big 12 Championship Game, went 12-2 and won the Sugar Bowl. Aranda is set to enter his third season at Baylor.
The last Big 12 coach is Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, who is No. 12. He dropped three spots from No. 9 a year ago. The Cyclones fell short of expectations last season, when they went 7-6. But, in 2020, Campbell led the Cyclones to their first appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Three head coaches with national championships were in the first three spots — Alabama’s Nick Saban at No. 1, Georgia’s Kirby Smart at No. 2 and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney at No. 3. Former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, who is about to start his first season at USC, came in at No. 4.
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