Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Oklahoma's Wilson leads Offensive Coordinator list

August 30, 2009

From staff's "Preseason offensive coordinator power rankings"

We continue our preseason power rankings at each position with offensive coordinators.

One thing to note about offensive coordinators: There are numerous head coaches who oversee their offenses, and we do not rank those guys on this list.

You can check out our post-spring practice power rankings here. We will update the power rankings each week during the regular season and release the final rankings for the season after the BCS title game.

The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.


1. Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma
BUZZ: He oversaw an offense that scored a record number of points last season, and he has his quarterback, two 1,000-yard running backs and the best tight end in the nation returning this season.

2. Galen Hall, Penn State
BUZZ: Hall is a veteran assistant who has seen it all. He deserves kudos for helping Joe Paterno ? his college coach, by the way ? see the light and upgrading the Nittany Lions' offense the past few seasons.

3. Gary Crowton, LSU
BUZZ: He has a long track record of success, and it was his offense that led the way when the Tigers won the national title in 2007.

4. Norm Chow, UCLA
BUZZ: Here's another guy with a long track record. Don't hold last season's inept Bruins offense against him. An offensive staff of Bill Walsh, Sid Gillman and Don Coryell couldn't have done anything with what Chow had to work with.

5. Shawn Watson, Nebraska
BUZZ: He's underrated nationally and has overseen some potent units of late. It wasn't bad offenses that got Bill Callahan run out of Lincoln.

6. Andy Ludwig, California
BUZZ: Ludwig is in his first season with the Golden Bears. He had the magic touch last season with unbeaten Utah, pushing all the right buttons for the Utes.

7. Greg Davis, Texas
BUZZ: This guy has been a frequent target of derision, but he deserves credit for the work he has done of late. The Longhorns had no running back to rely on last season, but Davis still put a potent unit on the field every week. He works well with QB Colt McCoy.

8. Sonny Dykes, Arizona
BUZZ: His dad, Spike, was an offensive innovator when he was coach at Texas Tech. Sonny also is a former assistant to Mike Leach at Texas Tech. He will have his work cut out for him this season with an untested quarterback.

9. Dana Holgorsen, Houston
BUZZ: He's a rising star and a guy to keep an eye on. Houston was magnificent offensively last season and should be so again. Art Briles oversaw a powerful offense when he was Houston's coach, and after he left, Holgorsen made some tweaks and revved it up even more.

10. Mike Bobo, Georgia
BUZZ: Bobo has guided some strong units in his time in Athens. He's good at matching his season philosophies with the talent he has on hand. Last season, he had Matthew Stafford and Knowshown Moreno. This season, it's Joe Cox and Richard Samuel. Watch the numbers end up being close to the same.

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