Nebraska Football: Huskers’ coaching search power rankings Week 7

Kansas coach Lance Leipold congratulates senior safety Kenny Logan Jr.
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Iowa State Cyclones football head coach Matt Campbell reacts (Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Sports) /

5. player. 837. . . Previous: 4th. Matt Campbell

I’m obviously biased because I’m on the record thinking that he is in fact, the man who Trev Alberts is eventually going to pick to lead the Nebraska football team. However, despite the fact that Matt Campbell is just 3-3 this year, he is also just four points from being 5-1.

While Nebraska football fans likely don’t want to hear anything about “close losses” it’s absolutely true that Campbell has given Kansas, Kansas State, and Baylor all they can handle.

At the same time, the Cylcones’ achilles heel appears to be an offense that hasn’t scored more than one touchdown in a game for a couple of weeks now. Nebraska football fans love their defense, but they also love their offense. While Campbell seems to still be doing more with quite a bit less, his star isn’t burning all that bright right now.

823. . . Previous: 6th. Chris Klieman. 6. player

Yes, Chris Klieman’s Kansas State Wildcats beat Matt Campbell’s Iowa State Cyclones this week, but only scored 10 points in the process. That’s been the biggest thing that’s held Klieman back in these rankings. The Wildcats spent two weeks looking explosive, but they’ve also scored less than 20 points against teams like ISU and Tulane.

There just doesn’t seem to be much push behind Klieman to get the Nebraska football head coaching job. That’s despite the fact that he’s got his Wildcats well-positioned to win the Big 12. They’re all alone at the top right now and will have a chance to create some space between themselves and their closest competitors when they take on TCU next week.

There’s a bunch of names out there that could eventually get into the “Top 6” at some point but for now, they’re even longer than the longer longshots. In no particular order, here’s the best of the rest. One might want to keep an eye on Dave Doeren especially, who almost made it into the power rankings all on his own.

Bill O’Brien – Alabama offensive coordinator
Jim Leonhard – Wisconsin interim head coach
Matt Rhule – Head Coach Carolina Panthers
Dave Doeren – Head Coach North Carolina State
Jamey Chadwell – Head Coach Coastal Carolina
Gary Patterson – Defensive Analyst Texas (former TCU head coach)
Mark Stoops – Kentucky Head Coach
This group could eventually be on the Nebraska football program’s radar, but for now, they seem to be on the outside looking in.

Guys like Leonhard and Stoops are still on here, despite the fact that should likely drop off for one reason or another. Perhaps by next week, they’ll stop even being in the outside consideration for Nebraska football’s next head coach.