1. Bob Stoops, OklahomaIt comes down to championships and Stoops has got 'em.
Big 12 Insider John Helsley ranks the league's coaches:
2. Mack Brown, TexasPlenty to like, but that 2005 title looking more and more like Vince Young's doing.
3. Mike Leach, Texas TechIt ain't easy recruiting to Lubbock, so the coaching must be big-time.
4. Gary Pinkel, MissouriOnce on the hot seat, Pinkel is building something special at Mizzou.
5. Mark Mangino, Kansas12-1 and Orange Bowl champs, 'nuff said.
6. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma StateAfter cleaning house early, Gundy is steadily building a winner in Stillwater.
7. Dan Hawkins, ColoradoThe Hawk is real, which is refreshing; and he's a year away from making a major move in the North.
8. Ron Prince, Kansas StateInconsistency has him on the hot seat, despite recent extension.
9. Mike Sherman, Texas A&MDid well in NFL head-coaching stint, but will it translate to college players?
10. Gene Chizik, Iowa StateDecent first season; now it's time to take a bigger step.
11. Bo Pelini, NebraskaFirst-time head coach status prevents higher billing, but appears a good fit in a good spot.
12. Art Briles, BaylorDid a good job at Houston, but must question intelligence for taking this gig.