Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2013 semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award. The list includes a field of 16 candidates for the award which have been selected by the MFC National Selection Committee.
The Big 12 is represented by Art Briles (Baylor) and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State).
Briles, who is in his sixth season at Baylor, has led the Bears to the first 9-0 record in program history and the best start in conference play, 6-0, since 1980.
Under Briles in 2013, the Bears are ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the BCS Standings. That AP ranking is Baylor's highest since 1953.
Briles' squad leads the country in scoring (61.2 ppg) and total offense (684.8 ypg), while ranking third in passing (384.4 ypg) and ninth in rushing (300.3 ypg). The Baylor defense is ranked seventh in scoring defense (17.4 ppg) and 11th in total defense (322.6 ypg).
Gundy has guided the 2013 Cowboy football team, which is ranked No. 10 in the BCS Standings, to a 9-1 overall record on the year. This is the third time in the last four seasons that OSU has started with a 9-1 record or better through its first 10 games.
Prior to Gundy taking the head coaching position at OSU in 2005, the Cowboys had only one 9-1 start in 102 seasons of football. This is also the fourth time in school history OSU has won at least six conference games, with all of them coming under Gundy in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.The Bears and Cowboys face off Saturday at 7 p.m. in Stillwater, Okla. The game will be broadcast to a full national audience on ABC.