7. Jay Norvell, Nevada
This one has a lot to do with potential. Norvell has only two years of experience as the Wolf Pack head coach and is building an exciting offense there in Reno. This third year will tell if Norvell should be this high or not as he is breaking in a new quarterback with Ty Gangi now in the CFL, but he does have some help with one of the best running backs in the league in Toa Taua
6. Gary Andersen, Utah State
This one is tough to judge as Andesen is making his return to Utah State, so it is why voters were cautious about where to play the new-ish Aggies head coach. In his first go around in Logan, Andersen had the best run ever for Utah State with a defense that featured multiple NFL stars including Bobby Wagner, and a good offense with QB Chuckie Keaton and a few NFL backs in Robert Turbin, Michael Smith, and Kerwynn Williams.
5. Craig Bohl, Wyoming
This will be a huge year for Bohl and his defense. He lost defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton to Kansas State for the same position, so that is one area to watch on that side of the ball.
Bohl’s offense really should be the focal point becase the defense will be fine. Having guys like Brian Hill, Josh Allen, Nico Evans, Jacob Hollister, and Tann Gentry, really helped Bohl early on but since those guy have all moved on the offense has been subpar. This is the year that Bohl needs his offense to at least be in the same neighborhood as the defense.
4. Nick Rolovich, Hawaii
Charisma goes a long was, as does an exciting coaching style that features the run-n-shoot offense. The first half of 2018 had a lot of people really excited about Hawaii football but then they fell apart but still made a bowl game.
Rolovich seems to have Hawaii on the right path with his offense and could be one of the better coaches if he gets his defense to keep pace with his high-profile offense. To crack the top three it will take a lot from his end and that will at least need to include a trip to the Mountain West title game.