** David Cutcliffe has won 33 games in the last four seasons. How does one do that at Duke?
** Bob Diaco is the only coach in America whose team beat Houston (13-1) in 2015. He also took UConn back to a bowl game after four years of five wins or fewer.
** DJ Durkin takes over at Maryland after serving as defensive coordinator at Michigan a year ago. The Wolverines sported one of the best defenses in the land, at one point recording three consecutive shutouts.
** A 3-1 record against rival Arizona is really big for Arizona State coach Todd Graham.
** Under Doc Holliday Marshall is averaging 11 wins per season over the last three years, including a 3-0 mark in bowls.
** Washington State went 9-4 a year ago. Three of Mike Leach‘s team’s four losses came by a touchdown or less. (The Cougars were without injured quarterback Luke Falk for the fourth one.)
** Colorado State won 10 games in 2014; Florida won 10 games in 2015. Jim McElwain was the head coach for both.
** Dan Mullen‘s record at Mississippis State in bowl games is 4-2. After competing in the SEC West, the bowl game amounts to a break.
** Navy under Ken Niumatalolo eight games or more in seven of the past eight seasons. Not bad for a service academy. There’s also a perfect 8-0 slate against rival Army.
** Louisiana-Monroe’s new coach, Matt Viator, has been at McNeese State of FCS for the past ten years. The Cowboys posted ten winning seasons under Viator and posted 10 wins two of the last three seasons.