Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is one of 16 finalists for the Maxwell Football Club's coach of the year award.
He's the only Big 12 representative on the list.
Snyder's toughest competition for the award will likely come from Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, who also made the list. Penn State's Bill O'Brien may be in the mix, too.
Michigan's Brady Hoke won the award last year.
Kansas State reached 10-0 and No. 1 in the BCS before losing to Baylor this week and falling to No. 6 in the BCS standings. The Wildcats are off this week, but can win the Big 12 title with a win over Texas in Manhattan next week.