Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012 Independents Preview

19 days. You can almost smell the beginning of the season. In this preview edition, we examine the four remaining Independents in college football. To see last year's Independents Preview, click here.

The Bowling Stars
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has guided his Cougars to seven straight bowl games since taking over as coach prior to the 2005 season. After losing his initial postseason contest as coach of the Cougars, his charges have reeled off five wins in their last six bowl games, making him one of the most successful active postseason coaches. In fact, among active coaches with at least six bowl games to their credit, he ranks fifth in bowl winning percentage.
In an odd little coincidence, three of the top-five coaches have coached in the state of Utah, with Urban Meyer leading the rival Utah Utes to bowl wins in 2003 and 2004 before moving on to Florida. Since replacing Meyer, Kyle Whittingham has had quite a postseason run of his own with the Utes. In another odd twist of fate, Mike Riley's only loss in a bowl game came to...Bronco Mendenhall.

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