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Matt Campbell, the head coach of Iowa State, was once the hottest name in coaching when the coaching carousel started turning. In the 2021 season, he had a promising nine-win team from 2020, with their starting quarterback and key players returning. Despite high expectations, the 2021 team fell short but managed a 7-6 record and secured a bowl game berth. Campbell has consistently led his team to at least seven wins for five consecutive seasons and guided them to five straight bowl appearances, a historic achievement for Iowa State. Despite opportunities for more prestigious coaching positions, Campbell chose to remain loyal to Iowa State.
However, in a surprising turn of events, after a disappointing 10-7 loss to Ohio, Campbell found himself needing security to intervene when confronted by a disgruntled fan. His team currently holds a 1-2 record this season, following a season with only four wins. As the Big 12 conference expands to include Utah, Colorado, and both Arizona schools, questions arise about where the Cyclones fit into this changing landscape. Initially, it seemed Campbell might elevate the program to occasional greatness, but now, it appears he may have missed the chance for a higher-profile job and is teetering on the brink of irrelevance.
Mike Gundy, the head coach of Oklahoma State, raises questions among Cowboys fans. Despite his impressive 12-win season in 2021, there is a growing concern about whether he can lead the team to the College Football Playoff. Gundy's deep-rooted connection to the school has kept him in his position despite recent controversies. However, the repetitive pattern of being competitive but falling short in crucial games has begun to wear thin, especially as Oklahoma State believes it deserves a regular spot in the playoff conversation. Gundy has made significant improvements to the program, but the question remains whether he is the right person to navigate the challenges of the new era of college football. A disappointing 33-7 loss to South Alabama at home has only added to the uncertainty surrounding his leadership.
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