Posted by ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach
1. Greg Schiano, Rutgers: He did what once seemed impossible, turning the Scarlet Knights into a BCS contender. After three consecutive bowl games, Rutgers has established itself as one of the Big East's premier programs. Can it keep Schiano there for the long haul?
2. Jim Leavitt, South Florida: No other coach in the country has started his program from scratch and turned it into a BCS contender so quickly. The Bulls' late-season collapse spoiled a break-through campaign in 2007. Leavitt won't let it happen again.
3. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati: The guy has won at every one of his stops, whether it was Division II Grand Valley State or Central Michigan or Cincinnati. Kelly has won 73 percent of his games (148-54-2) and led the Bearcats to a 10-3 record in his first season.
4. Randy Edsall, Connecticut: There isn't much that's flashy about Edsall, who led the Huskies from Division I-AA to Division I-A nearly flawlessly. Last season, the Huskies shared the Big East championship with West Virginia and were ranked for the first time in school history.
5. Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville: His early results at Louisville have Cardinals fans shaking their heads, but Kragthorpe didn't turn Tulsa into a winner by mistake. Once he cleans up the mess at Louisville, the Cardinals will be Big East title contenders again.
6. Dave Wannstedt, Pittsburgh: The former Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears coach has proven to be a marvelous recruiter at his alma mater. With a boatload of talent returning, Wannstedt finally seems ready to guide Pittsburgh to a bowl game.
7. Bill Stewart, West Virginia: The former Mountaineer assistant proved his mettle by leading his team to a 48-28 rout of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. West Virginia fans hope Stewart isn't too nice of a guy to be their coach.
8. Greg Robinson, Syracuse: The Orange have been an absolute disaster since Robinson took over, compiling a 7-28 record in three seasons. If Robinson doesn't get it done this season, he'll probably be out of a job.