New Coach Reset: How they fared in Week 1
How each first-year coach did during Week 1 in college football.
In the offseason, we reviewed the first months of each new coaching regime with the New Coach Reset. Now we check in to see how the first game -- at least for everyone other than UTEP's Sean Kugler -- went for these first-year coaches.
Bret Bielema, Arkansas Razorbacks : Bielema's physical brand of Arkansas football was on display in Saturday's 34-14 win over a good Louisiana-Lafayette team. The Razorbacks have the advantage of a favorable early schedule -- Samford and Southern Miss are up next -- so expect the two-headed rushing attack of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins to continue well into September.
Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State Red Wolves : The opponent was Arkansas Pine-Bluff, but the result, a 62-11 victory, fell in line with the Red Wolves teams under previous coaches Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn. The win featured four 100-yard rushers and extended the program's current win streak to nine games.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn Tigers : There is room for improvement moving forward -- like identifying a go-to wide receiver for the passing game and getting off to a better start on defense -- but Auburn is undefeated and that's something the Tigers haven't been able to say since Cam Newton kissed the crystal ball. The ground game looks like Auburn's bread-and-butter of the offense, thanks to strong running rom Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant.
Steve Addazio, Boston College Eagles : The Addazio era got off to a rocky start thanks to Villanova's double-snap fake punt touchdown run in the first quarter, but the Eagles withstood trickery and settled in to pull away for a 24-14 victory. Winning the first game was one of Boston College's primary goals heading into 2013, and Saturday's win was the program's first win in an opener since 2010.
Sonny Dykes, California Golden Bears : Jared Goff became the first true freshman ever to start Cal's season opener, recorded the school's second-highest single-game passing total (445 yards), but also threw three interceptions in the 44-30 loss to Northwestern. No one doubts Cal's ability to move the ball under Dykes, but more snaps also mean more opportunities for mistakes.
Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati Bearcats : Given the kind of defense the Bearcats played in their win over Purdue, I think it's safe to say that Tuberville will be a much better fit in Cincinnati than he was in Lubbock. After one game there's no reason to think Tubs won't be able to maintain what Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Butch Jones built before him.
Mike MacIntyre, Colorado Buffaloes : What a huge victory for the Colorado program. Wide receiver Paul Richardson led a group of inspired Buffs in a 41-27 victory over Colorado State, recording a career-high 208 receiving yards in the win. MacIntyre dedicated the game to the seniors; a group playing for their third head coach in four years. With Central Arkansas up next, it's definitely possible the Buffs to double their win total from 2012 in the near future.
Ron Turner, Florida International Golden Panthers : The Panthers showed little fight in their loss to Maryland, trailing by 30 at halftime and managing just 59 yards of first half offense. Turner told reporters he "didn't recognize" his team, so FIU fans are hoping to see something more familiar next week when the Panthers host UCF.
Trent Miles, Georgia State Panthers : The 2013 season did not start well for Miles. Samford ran back the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, then quarterback Ronnie Bell threw two interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown -- and the running game never got going on the way to a 31-21 loss.
Paul Petrino, Idaho Vandals : Immediate turnaround is not expected from Paul Petrino at Idaho, but the mistakes (11 penalties) and porous defense (591 yards allowed) are correctable issues that can help the Vandals avoid another 40-6 blowout loss. Idaho scored on their first possession, but the extra point was blocked and North Texas scored 40 unanswered to send the FBS independents packing.
Paul Haynes, Kent State Golden Flashes : When Kent State barely dodged an upset at the hands of FCS Liberty on Thursday night, we had no idea what kind of weekend was ahead for the Championship Subdivision. After watching eight FBS teams fall, extending the program's regular season winning streak to 11 -- and doing so without Dri Archer due to a first half injury -- is enough reason to celebrate.
Mark Stoops, Kentucky Wildcats : The buzz around Kentucky football was calmed slightly on Saturday after the loss to Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers were able to move the ball with ease on the Wildcats' defense, and the quarterback concerns have not been alleviated. Kentucky needed to clean up in non-conference play to have a shot at a bowl game. That is much tougher now.
Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs : The Bulldogs were not favored to win in Raleigh against NC State, but fans needed more than 10 points and four turnovers to hang their hat on as Louisiana Tech prepares for their first season of Conference USA play. Holtz did have to replace 31 letterman, 15 of them starters, so the expectations is that the miscues will be cleaned up.
Dave Doeren, NC State Wolfpack : Two quick Brandon Mitchell-led touchdown drives showed a glimpse of the future for Wolfpack fans. Unfortunately Mitchell suffered a foot injury that could hold him out up to six weeks. Look for more freshman from Doeren's first class, like running back Matt Dayes, to contribute as the program transitions away from the Tom O'Brien era.
Brian Polian, Nevada Wolf Pack : The Wolf Pack trailed just 17-13 at halftime against UCLA, but Polian found it hard to identify positives after giving up 41 points int he second half on the way to a 58-20 loss. No one is doubting Polian's potential in Reno after the loss, but the way the second half played out will not sit well with the staff.
Doug Martin, New Mexico State Aggies : Martin gets our award for most glass-half-full approach to catching a beatdown on opening night.
"That's about as good as we would've hoped for coming into that," Martin said of New Mexico State trailing Texas 14-7. "We let it get away from us in the second half."
There difference in team speed and physicality was evident before the game. The fact it didn't appear until the second half is a credit to Martin and his staff.
Rod Carey, Northern Illinois Huskies : Maybe it doesn't matter who's running the show in DeKalb. Maybe Northern Illinois has just become an unstoppable winning machine, as the Huskies started the 2013 season by doing what they couldn't do in 2012. Beat Iowa.
Mark Helfrich, Oregon Ducks : The Ducks offense averaged 10.9 yards per snap and totaled 500 rushing yards while committing no turnovers in a 66-3 rout of Nicholls State. The jerseys looked fancy and things were business-as-usual on Saturday in Eugene.
Darrell Hazell, Purdue Boilermakers : Hazell just might be the man to make Purdue into a Big Ten contender, but it was rather obvious on Saturday that he's going to need some time to do so. His Boilermakers were thoroughly outplayed in a 42-7 loss to Cincinnati.
Ron Caragher, San Jose State Spartans : Quarterback David Fales received a lot of attention in the offseason for his NFL potential, but the coaching transition prevented the Spartans quarterback from picking up where he left off -- as one of the nation's most efficient passers. San Jose State had an obvious talent advantage in the shutout win against Sacramento State, so keep an eye on this offense as the schedule toughens up.
Todd Monken, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles : Unfortunately the longest losing streak in FBS play extended to 13 as the Golden Eagles blew a fourth quarter lead in a 22-15 loss to Texas State. The former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator could not have been happy with six turnovers -- including three fumbles in the game's first nine minutes.
Scott Shafer, Syracuse Orange : Shafer had been a defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach, and he's gonna need a really good defense if his offense keeps playing like it did on Saturday. Sure, the Orange only lost by six, but they also managed only 3.5 yards per play and their three scoring drives covered a combined 94 yards.
Butch Jones, Tennessee Volunteers : The Vols scored on their first seven offensive possessions, and a crowd of 97,169 hung around longer than expected to cheer on the beginning of the Butch Jones era in the 45-0 win against Austin Peay. The opposition didn't reveal much about the 2013 squad, but the convincing win quenched the thirst for victory throughout Knoxville.
Matt Rhule, Temple Owls : Rhule didn't exactly inherit a stocked cupboard at Temple, but the special teams mistakes prevented the Owls from challenging Notre Dame on Saturday. Two missed field goals, a blocked extra point and an early 14-0 deficit top the list of concerns, but the offensive line did a good job protecting Conner Reilly against one of the best D-lines in football.
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech Red Raiders : Many ignored the Red Raiders quarterback concerns heading into 2013 because of Kingsbury's presence on the sideline. Now there is no concern because of Baker Mayfield's impressive performance against SMU. Kingsbury spoke highly of the preferred walk-on leading up to the game, and I imagine he will be on scholarship soon.
Willie Taggart, South Florida Bulls : Taggert had, without a doubt, the worst possible opener of all first-year coaches on this list. McNeese State is a very good FCS team, but the Bulls did not even look ready to play on the same field in the 53-21 loss. Taggart apologized afterwards for what he called a "piss poor effort" from the Bulls. We all loved "Coach T's Bus" in the preseason, but the bus took a wrong turn somewhere on Saturday.
Sean Kugler, Texas-El Paso Miners : The Miners open up the 2013 season on Sat., Sept. 7 against New Mexico.
Matt Wells, Utah State Aggies : Utah and Utah State turned in another classic chapter in their rivalry, but the close loss (30-26) unfortunately fell in line with the Aggies' trend against BCS opponents. Special teams were once again an issue in what Wells called a "total team loss," but Chuckie Keeton looked good and there is no reason to panic in Logan.
Bobby Petrino, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers : The Hilltoppers are rightly celebrating on Sunday after Petrino's offense produced 487 yards in the 35-26 victory over in-state rival Kentucky. Quarterback Brandon Doughty's numbers could have been even better if were not for some drops, and all-conference running back Antonio Andrews could have been even more productive if it weren't for two fumbles. The real fun, for both teams, will be next week's matchup against Butch Jones' Tennessee squad.
P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan Broncos : The Broncos are going to have to start rowing that boat a bit harder. Things did not look good on Friday night as the Broncos offense managed only 204 total yards and 2.7 yards per play. Though if there's good news it's that they won't have to face Michigan State's defense every week.
Gary Andersen, Wisconsin Badgers : What do you do when you take over a program that's just been running people over the last two decades or so? You run the dang ball, and that's what the Badgers did as three Badger backs went over 100 yards in a 45-0 win over Massachusetts.
CBSSports.com's Tom Fornelli contributed to this post.
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