Four is the magic number for CFB

Briles gets much-deserved credit for Baylor's dramatic turnaround, but Montgomery dials up the plays for its high-flying offense. The Bears averaged an FBS-high 52.4 points per game last season.

2. Chad Morris, Clemson

The fact that Morris, a former Texas high school coach, isn't already a college head coach is a major coup for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers finished in the top 10 nationally in scoring (40.2 points) and passing (333.1 yards) in 2013.

3. Tom Herman, Ohio State

Before directing Urban Meyer's spread offense, Herman produced high-scoring offenses at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State. The Buckeyes were No. 3 in scoring (45.5 points) and rushing (308.6 yards) last season.

4. Mike Bobo, Georgia

The former UGA quarterback rarely gets enough credit from his alma mater's fickle fan base, but his offenses have broken nearly every record in school history. He also helped recruit Gurley, tailback Keith Marshall and receiver Malcolm Mitchell to UGA.

Hot defensive coordinators

1. Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State

Along with Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, Narduzzi has built one of the country's most menacing defenses at Michigan State. He'll be at the top of the list for most head-coaching vacancies by season's end.

2. Kirby Smart, Alabama

It might be a surprise that Smart hasn't left Alabama for a head-coaching position, but why leave when you're making more than $1 million with more job security than any other coordinator in America?

3. Jeremy Pruitt, Georgia

Pruitt's stingy defense helped Florida State win a national championship last season. Now, he'll have to rebuild a UGA defense that might be short on talent and depth.

4. Ellis Johnson, Auburn

The longtime coordinator worked a miracle on the Plains last season, rebuilding a defense that helped the Tigers win the SEC and reach the BCS National Championship.

Coaches on the hot seat

1. Will Muschamp, Florida

Muschamp led Florida to an 11-2 record in 2012, but its 4-8 finish last season was one of the worst in UF history. He's confident the Gators will rebound in 2014.

2. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Since a 5-0 start in 2012, the Mountaineers have dropped 14 of their last 20 games. WVU's defense can't seem to stop anybody, and Holgorsen's once-electrifying offense even sputtered last season.

3. Charlie Weis, Kansas

The Jayhawks have gone 4-20 in Weis' two seasons, including a 1-11 mark in 2012. At least he's still receiving paychecks from Notre Dame and Kansas.

4. Mike London, Virginia

London was hired to shore up Virginia's instate recruiting, which he has largely accomplished. But the Cavaliers are 18-31 under his watch, including a woeful 8-24 in ACC games.

Steve Spurrier's best offseason quotes

1. "Dabo probably thinks there's only, what, nine planets out there. I think I read where Pluto may not be considered one now." -- On Swinney, who suggested Spurrier was from Pluto and he from Mars

2. "How many SECs has [Saban] won there in eight years? He's won two. He's won three nationals, but he's only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don't know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could." -- On Nick Saban's success at Alabama

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