2019 Mountain West Football Head Coach Rankings
Who tops the list this year?
Who are the best and worst coaches?
With spring football in the books and the slow months of summer building up to fall camps and then suddenly the season is just around the corner. So, being in early June now is as good a time as ever to rank the Mountain West coaches.
This year there is just one new head coach in the league with Gary Andersen being back at Utah State, so his ranking is more of a career perspective as he rejoins the Mountain West.
There was no specific criteria sent out to our staff outside of just picking the order of coaches as you see fit. Some took career success, recent struggles, recent success, or program health with the current head coach as options.
12. Brent Brennan, San Jose State
This is one of the toughest jobs not just in the Mountain West but in all of college football. Brennan was a coach at the Spartans years ago as an assistant so he knows the ins and outs of the program.
After just two years he has amassed a record of 3-22. San Jose State has been able to win over the past decade. This is going to be a long rebuild and even with San Jose State likely to get better the wins may not be there this year.
11. Bob davie, New mexico
This is clearly a make or break year for Davie. His off the field issues have been well chronicled and then couple that with a drop off in production since the co-division champs the Lobos earned in 2016 with a 9-4 record and back-to-back bowl games.
Since that year, they have had just six wins and moving away from its run-option attack has not gone well. Also to consider Davie’s staus is that he brought in a new offensive and defensive coordinator, so the onus is on Davie to turn things around.
10. Tony Sanchez, UNLV
This was initiall a surprise when tallying up the votes. While Sanchez has not done amazing things with the Rebels he has shown some potential. However, it does make sense as he joins Brennan as the only two Mountain West coaches to not have qualified for a bowl game.
Entering year five of the Sanchez era has the chance to be his best team and a lot of it relies on the health of quarterback Armani Rogers.
9. Mike Bobo, Colorado State
July 6, known as Mike Bobo Day, can no longer be a thing after this past year of leading the Rams to a 3-9 record to his worst year in Fort Collins. Bobo has had plenty of talent on his team, specifically on offense, but defense and not winning against rivals or bowl games is an issue. Bobo is 2-10 against rivals Colorado, Air Force, and Wyoming; in bowl games he has lost all three of the contests.
8. Troy Calhoun, Air Force
Calhoun is tough to judge becase Air Force has a lot of restrictions which limit the type of athletes that can be on campus. However, even with that Calhoun has had an amazing run as the Falcons head coach with an title game appearance, a pair of 10-win seasons, and nine bowl games in 12 years.
The issue of him being in the bottom half has to do with the back-to-back 5-7 records in Colorado Springs. This ranking may change in 2019 as Calhoun is likely to get his team back to a bowl game.