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Pick 6: Most wanted coaches

Associated Press Published: October 24, 2012

The speculation has already started.

Which coach is going to get this job? Who would be a good candidate for that one? Do you think so-and-so would leave this school for that one?

Arkansas fans have been playing this game since the Razorbacks lost to Louisiana-Monroe in September. Plenty of others have joined in since.

Advice to those fans: Chris Petersen is probably not leaving Boise State for your team, so best to just move on from that wish.

Here are six coaches whose names will be popular when jobs start opening up over the next month or so.

— Butch Jones, Cincinnati

Jones is in his third season at Cincinnati after a successful three-year stint at Central Michigan. He replaced Brian Kelly at both spots and is 46-25 in his career, three times winning at least a share of a conference title. The Michigan native also spent two years working under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia.

Could end up: Tennessee.

— Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky

At 36, Taggart is one of the youngest coaches in major college football. In three years, he has taken his alma mater from fledgling FCS program to Sun Belt Conference contender. He spent three years working for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford before taking over WKU. After a 2-10 first season in Bowling Green, he's 12-7.

Could end up: Kentucky.

— Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech

The current leader in the category of "hot coach." He's from the Hal Mumme tree that produced Mike Leach and Dana Holgorsen. If you're looking for a guy to rev-up the offense, the 42-year-old Dykes is your man. He is 19-13 in three seasons at La Tech.

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