After taking over a team that had one win in 2006, he has improved from 4?8 to 5?7. Next up: the Cardinal's first bowl invitation since 2001.
Coach on the Hot Seat
Paul Wulff :: Washington State
In his first year the Cougars went 2-11 and were outscored by 31.1 points a game. Will Wazzu fans stand for being the Pac-10's laughingstock?
UCLA quarterbacks threw nine touchdown passes and were picked off 21 times in 2008 for an offense that ranked 109th in the country. Coach Rick Neuheisel will turn things over to redshirt freshman Kevin Prince, who suffered a knee injury in the opener of his senior season at Crespi Carmelite High in Encino, Calif., in 2007 and hasn't played in a game since ... Before he took the job as Cal's offensive coordinator, Andy Ludwig had never worked with coach Jeff Tedford, but the two do have a history. Ludwig replaced Tedford as Fresno State's offensive coordinator in 1998 and followed Tedford in the same job at Oregon four years later ... Oregon State must replace all four starters in the secondary, who combined for 141 career starts. The last time the Beavers were so inexperienced in the defensive backfield was in 2005, when they finished 117th in the country against the pass ... USC may have lost four linebackers -- they were all taken in the first four rounds of the NFL draft in April -- but that doesn't mean the Trojans will be short on experience at the position. Chris Galippo, Michael Morgan and Malcolm Smith, all juniors, have appeared in a combined 63 games. -- Cory McCartney