Coaching Changes For The 2015 NCAA Football Odds Season

Posted by Alex Murphy on August 16, 2015 in

Okay NCAA collegiate gridiron betting enthusiasts, with the 2015 NCAA college football season right on the horizon, this fun-filled look at all of the coaching changes that took place since the conclusion of the 2014 season will both inform and entertain avid collegiate gridiron gamers across the globe. That’s right betting faithful, thanks to this fun-filled look at each and every head coaching change on the D-I FBS level, you’re going to get some expert insight that could help you in your efforts to cash in consistently over the course of the 2015 College Football betting season. With that said, let’s go.

Buffalo-Jeff Quinn-5-Lance Leipold (Wisc-Whitewater Head Coach)

The Buffalo Bulls decided to part ways with Jeff Quinn after going 20-36 in four-plus seasons under the former head coach. Now, in comes Lance Leipold, and he’ll try to duplicate the insane success he’s experienced by leading Wisconsin-Whitewater to a whopping six Division III national titles in eight seasons. Sounds like a win for the Bulls, although Quinn made out well by landing at Notre Dame as an offensive analyst for Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish.

Colorado State – Jim McElwain – 3 – Mike Bobo (Georgia Off. Coor.)

The Rams saw head coach Jim McElwain bolt for the greener pastures of the University of Florida football program after leading Colorado State to a fine 10-2 mark a year ago and 22-16 mark in three seasons overall. Colorado State hired Georgia offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo to replace McElwain and this will be his first head coaching position.

Florida-Will Muschamp – 4 – Jim McElwain (Colorado State Head Coach)

The Gators hired the widely respected McElwain after watching him put Colorado State on the national map by making two straight bowl game appearances. The former Rams head coach said he knows expectations are high, but that’s how he likes it. “Part of the experience of being in this conference,” McElwain said, “is realizing that it just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s kind of great to have the expectations. That’s something we look forward to.”

Houston-Tony Levine – 3 – Tom Herman (Ohio State Off. Coor.)

The University of Houston decided to part ways with head coach Tony Levine though he compiled a decent 21-17 record in four seasons – and more impressive 15-10 mark over the last two seasons alone. The Cougars will turn to former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman to lead them in a new direction, but I think he’s going to find winning at the longtime Conference USA school a lot more difficult than he ever did as Urban Meyer’s sidekick.

Kansas-Charlie Weis – 3 – David Beaty (Texas A&M WR Coach)

The Jayhawks parted ways with the once widely-respected Charlie Weis after just two-plus uneventful seasons in which the basketball powerhouse compiled a pitiful 6-22 mark. Now, Kansas will turn to former Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach David Beaty, who, couldn’t do any worse than Weis did, no matter how hard he tries.

Michigan-Brady Hoke – 4 – Jim Harbaugh (NFL 49ers Head Coach)

The Wolverines had enough of Brady Hoke’s roller-coaster act and fired their former head coach after going 5-7 in 2014 and just 30-21 in four full seasons under Hoke. The Wolverines made the nation’s biggest and best offseason hiring by adding former Michigan alum and now, widely-respected head coach Jim Harbaugh. Now…immediate success is expected for Michigan after watching Harbaugh compile a stellar 44-19-1 record in four seasons as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2010-2014, not to mention the nearly unblemished 12-1 mark he posted in 2010 in his last season leading Stanford.

Nebraska-Bo Pelini -8- Mike Riley (Oregon State Head Coach)

The Cornhuskers decided to part ways with Bo Pelini despite the fact that he won nine games or more in each of the seven seasons he led the Cornhuskers starting in 2008. Pelini posted a fine, 67-27 mark and could be a lot tougher to replace than anyone believes at this point. With Pelini gone, Nebraska has turned to former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley to help them reach their national championship aspirations, but it should be noted that Riley wowed at any of his head coaching stops dating back three decades. Riley did manage to win a CFL title with Winnipeg in 1990, but outside of that line title, Riley’s teams have been mediocre at best everywhere he’s gone.

As the head coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001, Riley went 14-34 while going 8-14 in two seasons at Oregon State in 1997 and 1998. Since coming back to coach the Beavers in 2003, Riley has posted eight winning seasons but just two of them have come inside the last five years. Now, maybe it’s me, but I’m thinking the Cornhuskers may have made a boo-boo.

Oregon State-Mike Riley – 14-Gary Andersen (Wisconsin Head Coach)

Longtime head coach Mike Riley may have bounced on the Beavers for the chance to win at Nebraska, but I’m thinking they upgraded in underrated former Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen. Not only did Andersen lead the Badgers to an impressive 19-7 record and two bowl appearances in his two seasons at the Big Ten powerhouse, but he also led Utah State to a stellar 11-2 mark in 2012, thereby landing the job with Wisconsin.

Pittsburgh – Paul Chryst -3-Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State Def. Coor.)

The Panthers parted ways with Paul Chryst after watching their former head coach compile a mediocre 19-19 record in three seasons while never winning more than seven games. With Chryst jettisoned, the Panthers have turned to former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi (2007-2014) to get them back on track in what will be the first head coaching position of his career. Right now, I’m going to say that Narduzzi probably can’t do any worse than Chryst did no matter how hard he tries.

SMU – June Jones- 7-Chad Morris (Clemson Off. Coor.)

With former head coach June Jones calling it quits after two games last season, the Mustangs have turned to Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris to lead them in a new direction in what will be his first head coaching job. Morris has a great resume and reportedly, one of the best offensive minds in the country. Beginning in December of 2011, Morris, along with current Auburn head coach, Gus Malzahn, were the highest paid assistants in college football after Clemson gave Morris a six-year contract worth $1.3 million per year.

Troy – Larry Blakeney – 24- Neal Brown (Kentucky Off. Coor.)

The Trojans parted ways with longtime head coach Larry Blakeney after not winning more than six games in each of the last four seasons. Blakeney, who went 178-113-1 in a whopping 24 years at the school, will be missed, maybe more than anyone at the school thinks, seeing as how new hire Neal Brown went 2-10 at Tulsa last season and 3-9 in 2013.

Tulsa-Bill Blankenship – 4- Philip Montgomery (Baylor Off. Coor.)

The Green Wave fired Bill Blankenship and watching their now former head coach compile a pedestrian 24-27 record over the last four seasons. In comes Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery and I believe he is going to be an immediate upgrade over Blankenship for the Green Wave starting in 2015, even though this will be his first head coaching position.

UNLV-Bobby Hauck -5- Tony Sanchez (Bishop Gorman HS Head Coach)

The Runnin’ Rebels are saying good riddance to Bobby Hauck after going 2-11 under the deposed head coach this past season and a pitiful 15-49 under his direction the last five seasons. Now, UNL will turn to wildly successful Gorman High School head coach Tony Sanchez to take over a program that has been absolutely abysmal for decades. Sanchez went 85-5 at Gorman and won six straight NIAA 4A state championships from 2009-2014.

Wisconsin-Gary Andersen -2- Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh Head Coach)

The Badgers lost a very good, if underrated, head coach in Gary Andersen and likely compounded the loss by hiring former Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst despite the fact that Christ was only able to go 19-19 over the last three seasons with the Panthers. Chryst will be back in familiar territory, having coached at the Big Ten football factory from 2005-2011.