Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Big 12 coach rankings 2022: Mike Gundy is finally on top but Dave Aranda is on the rise after conference title

Here’s how each Big 12 coach stacks up against each other in the annual CBS Sports coach rankings

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It’s a season of change across the Big 12 with three new coaches entering the league, headlined by the first outside hire at Oklahoma since 1999. However, the turnover has only highlighted the strength of the league’s returning coaches at championship-contending programs. 

Longtime Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is in the middle of a strong second act at his alma mater with a defense-first team, while Baylor’s Dave Aranda nabbed headlines nationwide after leading his squad to a Big 12 title in 2021. Texas’ Steve Sarkisian rose in the rankings despite a miserable debut, while West Virginia’s Neal Brown fell dramatically. Texas Tech’s Joey McGuire and Oklahoma’s Brent Venables both enter 2022 as first-time coaches, and TCU’s Sonny Dykes joined the Horned Frogs after a successful tenure at rival SMU. 

Next year, there will be four new coaches to add to the Big 12 coach rankings with BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF joining in 2023. For now, here are the current ranking of Big 12 coaches as voted on earlier in the offseason by the CBS Sports staff.

Complete Power Five coach rankings: 1-25 | 26-65

2022 Big 12 Coach Rankings

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