7. Tom Herman, HC #24 Houston: 5-0, 1-0 against the ACC. Last week: 7 (-)
Herman's Cougars make their debut in the AP poll this week and I'm not quite sure why they get the nod over Temple and Memphis. Nevertheless the first year head coach and card-carrying Mensa member put up 49 points on SMU to go 5-0, with Louisville the only team Houston has beaten by less than 14.
8. Bill Cubit, Illinois interim HC: 4-2, 1-1 against the Big Ten. Last week: 8 (-)
Thanks to talented experienced players on both sides of the line, Illinois surprisingly continues to look like a football team. Some strange coaching decisions may have cost the Illini a chance to win, such as rushing 3 on 3rd and long situations despite an effective 4-5 man pass rush. More bizarrely, a reverse pass on 3rd and 1 that resulted in an easy interception. I for one was not expecting to see Illinois have a shot to pull out a win at #22 5-0 Iowa in the fourth quarter, so Cubit retains this spot for now. During the bye week, it's time to see how he coaches health.