This year in the “Conference of Champions”, five different teams entered the 2018 season with new head coaches. Through four weeks, so of these teams have performed presumably how many of us thought they would. Some, however, have surprised us with their performance on the field. With the regular season about a third of the the way over (there’s a depressing sentence), which of these teams has surprised you the most?
Chip Kelly - UCLA Bruins: At 0-3, the Bruins have barely looked competitive in each of their first three games, including a loss to former OSU QB Marcus McMaryion and Fresno State. UCLA is looking less like Chip Kelly’s Oregon teams and more like Chip Kelly’s NFL teams.
Kevin Sumlin - Arizona Wildcats: The former Texas A&M coach has Arizona at 2-2 to start the year. The Wildcats struggled heavily their first two weeks with losses to BYU and Houston, but bounced back against Southern Utah and Oregon State.
Mario Cristobal - Oregon Ducks: In his first full season at the helm of the Ducks, Cristobal has started the year 3-1. They beat down Bowling Green and Portland State along with a solid two-score victory against San Jose State, then lost to #7 Stanford at home.
Herm Edwards - Arizona State Sun Devils: Going into the season, the general consensus among college football fans was we would be in for a wacky misadventure with Edwards back as a coach. Despite that, ASU has looked pretty good at times on the way to a 2-2 record.
Jonathan Smith - Oregon State Beavers: With a record of 1-3, the Beavers already tied their win total from last season. Not that’s a particularly amazing feat, but it’s a step in the right direction. The Beavers also performed better than many thought they would against Ohio State and Nevada despite those being losses.
Let us know what you think by voting in the poll (if you didn’t come to this link via Twitter on your phone because technology), letting us know in the comments, or tweeting at us. Go Beavs!
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