Coaches du Jour

Dan Hawkins, Boise State

In his third season, Hawkins has the Broncos at 8-0 and ranked 10th in the Bowl Championship Series standings, a difficult accomplishment for a Western Athletic Conference team. In three seasons since taking over for Dirk Koetter -- who left for Arizona State -- Hawkins is 27-5. He'll be a candidate for any opening in the West.

Urban Meyer, Utah

The Utes (9-0) are threatening to make the BCS a mess, and Meyer keeps saying he's happy in Salt Lake City for a while. But he has roots in Big Ten country -- and his contract allows him outs for Ohio State and Notre Dame. Given Jim Tressel's week in Columbus, Ohio, that doesn't sound so crazy.

Bobby Petrino, Louisville

There's a reason those Auburn folks hopped on that plane last year. Petrino, 16-5 in a season-and-a-half as a head coach, is an offensive wizard. If the Cardinals can stave off the lure of the Southeastern Conference, Petrino could lead them to the BCS in the relatively easy Big East.

Steve Spurrier, unemployed

He said no to Florida. He said he's not interested in the Miami Dolphins. But how about Carolina? But which one? At South Carolina, they're already talking about Lou Holtz's replacement. At North Carolina, John Bunting must win his remaining two games to get a bowl berth. Could the Ol' Ball Coach be playing "eeny-meeny-miny-mo"?

Jeff Tedford, California

In just his third year leading a program that was 1-10 when he took over, Tedford -- who was the offensive coordinator at Oregon -- has developed a reputation as one of the best offensive minds in the nation. Golden Bears fans might not have to worry about other schools calling. It might be the NFL instead.