Dec 27, 2014; El Paso, TX, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham during the second quarter as his team faces the Duke Blue Devils in the 2014 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports
5. Todd Graham, Arizona State Sun Devils
Record: 28-12 at Arizona State, 77-41 overall
It has not been pretty, but Todd Graham has made Arizona State contenders and not just in the Pac-12, but in the nation. After a disastrous Pac-12 home opening loss to UCLA, ASU rattled off five wins (four of which were against ranked opponents) as they headed into the end of the Pac-12 season controlling their own destiny.
But then came a heart-breaking loss to Oregon State and then two weeks later against Arizona which decided the Pac-12 South winner between the two desert schools. Winning big games does not seem to be the problem for Graham but finishing does. Though he went to the Pac-12 Championship Game the year before, his Sun Devils were smacked around in by Stanford in a big loss. If he can get ASU back to the conference championship this year, there is no doubt he will be one of the best coaches in the Pac-12.