11. New Mexico
The Lobos were another mighty three-win team in 2018. The difference is that they started 3-2, and with some promise. Then they collapsed completely. Bob Davie returns to coach New Mexico in 2019. Does that name sound familiar? It should. Davie replaced Lou Holtz as the Notre Dame coach back in the 90s. Davie lost three bowls and finished ranked twice in five seasons in South Bend. He left with a 35-25 record. Now, Davie is entering his eighth year at New Mexico. A 33-54, overall record during that time has to make his seat at least lukewarm.
One could argue that Navy, under coach Ken Niumatalolo, are the best-coached team on the 2019 schedule. However, being a military academy, the talent and size that Navy brings to the table is microscopic compared to other teams. They’ll be running the triple option, as always. This leads to its standard problems, which include multiple backs to defend and limited possessions. This past year, Navy was unable to find someone to properly run their option, however. Malcolm Perry was inconsistent, and if the Midshipmen want to make a bowl in 2019, they’ll need him to grow by leaps and bounds.