Les Miles, the coach of top-ranked and unbeaten LSU, leads the five finalists announced Monday for the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.
Miles' team is 13-0 and already has beaten the second, fifth and sixth teams in the BCS final standings. It will face No. 2 Alabama again in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
Gundy had hoped his team would supplant the Crimson Tide and meet the Tigers after finishing 11-1 and winning its first outright Big 12 title. Gundy also was a finalist for the Robinson last season.
Hoke engineered a major turnaround in his first season in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines went 10-2, beat Ohio State for the first time in eight tries and earned a bid to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, just one year after going 7-6.
Snyder guided the Wildcats to a 10-2 mark, losing only to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. They will play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against Arkansas.
Swinney and the Tigers routed Virginia Tech, 38-10, in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game to clinch a BCS bowl berth. Clemson (10-3) posted its first 10-win season since 1990, beating the Hokies twice, and claimed its first league title since 1991.