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Mora, Spurrier, Pinkel and Shaw headline the Top Ten Coaching Matchups of Week 9

1. The UCLA offensive staff vs. the Oregon defensive staff - In last week's loss to Stanford, UCLA managed only 74 yards on 27 carries. Take away Brett Hundley's 30-yard dash and the numbers drop to 44 yards on 26 carries. That didn't cut it in Palo Alto and it won't work in Eugene, either. Another anemic rushing day and the Bruins will find themselves in the crosshairs of Nick Aliotti, throwing down after down and losing by 30.

2. Steve Spurrier vs. Gary Pinkel - 4-3 and 1-5. Those are the records of the two teams standing between Pinkel and an SEC East title if Missouri beats South Carolina on Saturday. With scoreboard on Florida, Georgia and the Gamecocks, the Tigers would need just wins over Tennessee and Kentucky to clinch a trip to Atlanta in two years after joining the league and one year removed from a 5-7 record. The road to 13-0 is still treacherous, with Texas A&M and likely Alabama waiting, but just getting to Atlanta puts Pinkel in SEC Coach of the Year territory. Tigers redshirt freshman Maty Mauk performed like a veteran in his first start, compiling 310 total yards and two touchdowns. He'll have to beat South Carolina backup Dylan Thompson to earn the win.

3. The Oregon State offensive staff vs. the Stanford defensive staff - The nation's leading passing offense, by more than 25 yards per game, against a somewhat susceptible Stanford pass defense that ranks 87th nationally in yardage and 37th in efficiency. The Cardinal can cave in a one-dimensional attack, as proven last week when they held UCLA quarterback Brett Hudley to 192 yards and two interceptions in 39 attempts last week.

4. Butch Jones vs. Nick Saban - Four years ago this week, a first-year Tennessee coach went to Bryant-Denny Stadium against an undefeated, top 2 Alabama team and came within a blocked field goal at the buzzer of pulling the stunner of the year. Butch Jones won't have the spectacular flame-out of Lane Kiffin, but the new Vols coach has something to learn from his predecessor. The Tide has stomped Tennessee in each of the last three years by a combined 122-29, but this is a Vols bunch fresh off a win over South Carolina and came within one Aaron Murray completion of doing the same to Georgia two weeks before. 

5. Kliff Kingsbury vs. Bob Stoops - Stoops is historically unkind to Big 12 newcomers - going 19-1 in his first meeting with a new Big 12 coach since 2000 - and the Red Raiders don't have a long history of success in Norman. But Kingsbury has this Texas Tech believing there's something different about them and if you don't believe me, just ask them. Red Raiders running backs combined for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries against West Virginia, those numbers will be a minimum quota for successfully attacking an Oklahoma defense missing its best defensive tackle and linebacker. 

6. James Franklin vs. Kevin Sumlin - Two head coaches with starting quarterbacks they hope can play. By now the formula for beating Texas A&M is clear, with an offense you won't stop and a defense with more holes than your lawn after a ground hog infestation, you'd better get to 45 or above or you won't win. Can Vanderbilt do that, even with Austyn Carta-Samuels?

7. Mack Brown vs. Gary Patterson - At 3-0 in conference play and fresh off an OU rout-infused bye week, there hasn't been a positive feeling around the Texas program this deep into October since 2009. At 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12, TCU hasn't been this close to an empty December since the last time they missed a bowl game in 2004. A loss on Saturday requires a clean sweep of West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas State or an upset of Baylor. Take your pick. TCU leads the Big 12 in both sacks and interceptions, and if they can affect Case McCoy with either threat they will win this game.

8. Kirk Ferentz vs. Pat Fitzgerald - Ever so quietly, the Iowa defense has put together one of the best first-half turnarounds you haven't noticed over the first half of this season, allowing 60 fewer yards per game and a full less yard per play than last season. Yet a loss Saturday drops them to 4-4 and in need of an upset to avoid missing a bowl for the second straight year. Three weeks ago, Northwestern was 4-0, ranked in the top 20, 14-3 since the beginning of 2012 and had still led every single game in the fourth quarter dating back to 2011. With a loss Saturday, they're 4-4 and likely in need of an upset to sustain their five-year bowl streak. 

9. Dave Doeren vs. Jimbo Fisher - The symbolism here is so obvious your 9th-grade English teacher would return your paper and tell you to try again. In their first ACC game after an emphatic, nationally televised win over Clemson, undefeated Florida State went to N.C. State, built a 16-0 lead and lost. And in their first game after an emphatic, nationally televised win over Clemson, undefeated Florida State hosts N.C. State. Meanwhile, if you're Dave Doeren here's a chance to out-signature win Butch Jones and get the biggest win of any first-year head coach this season. It would be a heck of a first ACC win, that's for sure. 

10. Dan Mullen vs. Mark Stoops - The quality of football may not be as high as other games this week, but the intrigue is still there. With South Carolina, Texas A&M and Alabama following in the next three weeks, it could be late November when Mississippi State looks up and realizes they're 3-7. For Mark Stoops, tonight is likely the best shot he'll have at his first SEC win and ending his team's 11-game conference losing streak for the rest of the season, and certainly until the Wildcats visit Vanderbilt on November 16.