Florida coach Will Muschamp and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin are two of nine finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually to college football's best coach.
After a 7-6 debut with the Gators in 2011, Muschamp guided Florida to an 11-1 record during the regular season. The Gators finished the season ranked third in the BCS standings and will play Louisville in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Sumlin stepped in at A&M in his first year and helped lead the Aggies to a 10-2 season that included a win over No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa in their first season in the SEC. He also has the Heisman front-runner, redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.
These two coaches are joined by:
Gary Andersen, Utah State
Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Bill O'Brien, Penn State
David Shaw, Stanford
Bill Synder, Kansas State