Nebraska Football: Huskers’ coaching search power rankings Week 8

Head coach Bret Bielema of the Illinois (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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Bill O’Brien prior to a game(Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports) /

3. player. 829. . . Previous: . Bill O'Brien

The second name on the list this week that wasn’t even meriting a ranking last week. There has been a bit more talk about the Alabama offensive coordinator getting the Nebraska football head coaching job this week.

One analyst even believes that O’Brien is one of the odds-on favorites for the position. Alabama might have lost their first game of the year this weekend, but it certainly wasn’t the offense’s fault considering they scored 49 points.

People don’t like his name because of what he did at Houston, but it’s hard to argue he’s not a very good college football head coach.

. Previous: . Matt Rhule. 4. player. 87.

Yes, there’s yet another coach that wasn’t even in the rankings that has leapfrogged quite a few other names in other to get into this spot.

It’s not hard to understand why the former Carolina Panthers’ coach is officially one of the hottest names on this list. Like O’Brien, he’s mostly been a massive failure in the NFL. But he’s got a long history in college football as a program builder.

A program builder is exactly what the Nebraska football program needs. If there’s a big drawback for those who want Rhule to join the team, it’s that there are persistent rumors that the former Carolina Panthers coach isn’t really all that interested in the Huskers’ job.

If that report is either inaccurate, or he changes his mind, it’s hard to see the Cornhuskers deciding against him outright. For one thing, they could hire him before the college football season is over and start laying the groundwork with his recruiting class and coaching staff while other schools are still waiting for candidates to become available.