Thursday Tailgate: Progress report on new FBS coaches

(USA TODAY) Thirty-one FBS coaches just completed the first month of their first regular season in their new jobs. How are they holding up?

Arkansas - Bret Bielema replaced John L. Smith: 3-2. Though they've lost two in a row, the Razorbacks are on the verge of matching their win total from 2012.

Arkansas State - Bryan Harsin replaced Gus Malzahn: 2-3. After a 10-3 mark in 2012, the Red Wolves haven't been particularly impressive out of the gate, but should see their record pick up as they get into the Sun Belt schedule.

Auburn - Gus Malzahn replaced Gene Chizik: 3-1. Malzahn has the Tigers going in the right direction, and a bowl game looks likely after last season's 3-9 debacle.

Boston College - Steve Addazio replaced Frank Spaziani: 2-2. Addazio won his first two games at the helm and has since lost to USC and Florida State, but the Eagles put up 34 points last week against FSU's vaunted defense.

Cal - Sonny Dykes replaced Jeff Tedford: 1-3. Dykes had his work cut out for him early in the season, with the three losses coming against top-15 teams in Northwestern, Ohio State and Oregon, but the "Bear Raid" offense was lighting it up until the rain and the Ducks slowed it down last week in Eugene.

Cincinnati - Tommy Tuberville replaced Butch Jones: 3-1. The Bearcats were dealt a tough blow with the gruesome injury to Munchie Legaux, but Tuberville leads a team that could threaten Louisville in the AAC.

Colorado - Mike MacIntyre replaced Jon Embree: 2-1. Not having played in three weeks and without a chance to take on Fresno State, the Buffaloes were whalloped by Oregon State in their Pac-12 opener, but have shown promising signs on offense.

FIU - Ron Turner replaced Mario Cristobal: 0-4. The only time the Golden Panthers haven't been shut out was a 34-13 loss to FCS Bethune Cookman, and in their last game, they had a running clock to get through a 72-0 loss to Louisville.

Georgia State - Trent Miles replaced Bill Curry: 0-4. In its first year in FBS, Miles' team has lost three games to FCS opponents and gets the honor of facing Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

Idaho - Paul Petrino replaced Robb Akey: 1-4. Petrino picked up his first career win last week against Temple after starting 0-4, and the independent Vandals face a tough go the rest of the season, facing Fresno State, Ole Miss and Florida State.

Kent State - Paul Haynes replaced Darrell Hazell: 2-3. After last season's 11-2 finish, the Golden Flashes haven't had a bad loss yet and look like they'll finish in the middle of the pack in the MAC.

Kentucky - Mark Stoops replaced Joker Phillips: 1-3. The Wildcats lost in Week 1 to Western Kentucky, but Stoops' team has respectable scores in losses to Louisville and Florida.

Louisiana Tech -Skip Holtz replaced Sonny Dykes: 1-4. After averaging 51.5 points in 2012 under Dykes, the Bulldogs have managed just 16.4 in the first five games under Holtz.

Nevada - Brian Polian replaced Chris Ault: 3-2. The team's only two losses have come at the hands of UCLA and Florida State, and Polian's Wolfpack has already started 2-0 in Mountain West play.

New Mexico State - Doug Martin replaced DeWayne Walker: 0-5. Maybe they'll beat Abilene Christian.

North Carolina State - Dave Doeren replaced Tom O'Brien: 3-1. The Wolfpack played Clemson tight in its ACC opener under Doeren, and it enters the full slate of conference play with a bit of confidence.

Northern Illinois - Rod Carey replaced Dave Doeren: 4-0. Carey has picked up right where his predecessor left off, leading the Huskies to two wins against Big Ten teams, with a good chance at running the table.

Oregon - Mark Helfrich replaced Chip Kelly: 4-0. The Ducks haven't missed a beat under Helfrich, putting up the usual insane offensive numbers, and the defense has also looked terrific through four games.

Purdue - Darrell Hazell replaced Danny Hope: 1-4. Purdue has struggled against a tough schedule thus far, and it only gets worse as Big Ten play picks up.

San Jose State - Ron Caragher replaced Mike MacIntyre: 1-3. Caragher won his debut against FCS Sacramento State, but has since dropped three tough games to Stanford, Minnesota and Utah State in the MWC opener.

Southern Mississippi - Todd Monken replaced Ellis Johnson: 0-4. After finishing 0-12 last year, Monken hasn't had any luck in the early going, but faces FIU this week with a good chance to pick up the program's first win since Dec. 24, 2011.

Syracuse - Scott Shafer replaced Doug Marrone: 2-2. The Orange dropped its first two games against Northwestern and Syracuse, but Shafer has the team riding some momentum heading into its inaugural ACC game.

Temple - Matt Rhule replaced Steve Addazio: 0-4. 2013 hasn't been kind to Rhule and Temple, the most wince-worthy moment being a loss at home to Fordham.

Tennessee - Butch Jones replaced Derek Dooley: 3-2. The Volunteers have only lost to Oregon and Florida in Jones' first five games, but get into the meat of the SEC schedule this week with a game against No. 6 Georgia.

Texas Tech - Kliff Kingsbury replaced Tommy Tuberville: 4-0. Ranked No. 22, the young head coach has the Red Raiders on the rise, including a win against TCU in the Big 12 opener.

USF - Willie Taggart replaced Skip Holtz: 0-4. A 53-21 loss at home to FCS McNeese State in the season opener pretty much sums up the first third of the season for the Bulls.

Utah State - Matt Wells replaced Gary Andersen: 3-2. Wells' only two losses have come at Utah and at USC, and the team looks to battle with Boise State in the Mountain West Mountain Division.

UTEP - Sean Kugler replaced Mike Price: 1-3. The good news is that the Miners are averaging 33 points, up from 21.2 last year, but the bad news is that they're giving up 38.5, near the bottom of FBS.

Western Kentucky - Bobby Petrino replaced Willie Taggart: 3-2. It's been mixed results for Petrino in his first season, beating Kentucky and Navy but losing to South Alabama in the Sun Belt opener.

Western Michigan - P.J. Fleck replaced Bill Cubit. 0-5. The youngest head coach in FBS has had a miserable start, though three losses did come at the hands of Big Ten teams.

Wisconsin - Gary Andersen replaced Bret Bielema: 3-2. A hard-luck loss at Arizona State and a hard-fought loss at Ohio State have been the headlines in Andersen's start, but the real story is the Badgers' potent ground game.


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