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OSU's Mike Gundy, OU's Lincoln Riley among coaches on 2018 Dodd Trophy watch list

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Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley were among 20 named to the watch list for 2018 Dodd Trophy, an award that annually honors college's football best coach.

Gundy is on the watch list for the third straight year. The winningest coach in OSU history, Gundy is 114-53 entering his 14th season at the Cowboys' helm. In 2011, Gundy led OSU to a 12-1 and a Big 12 title, earning the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award but not the Dodd Trophy.

Riley is on the watch list for the first time, as he was ineligible last season as a first-year coach. In that role, however, he guided the Sooners to a 12-2 record, a third straight Big 12 title and the College Football Playoff, where they lost to Georgia in the Rose Bowl. He won the 2015 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach while serving as Bob Stoops' offensive coordinator.

Texas' Tom Herman and TCU's Gary Patterson are the other Big 12 coaches on the watch list. The Big 12's four representatives tie the conference with the Big Ten and SEC for the most in the country.

2018 Dodd Trophy watch list

Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
James Franklin, Penn State
Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
Bryan Harsin, Boise State
Clay Helton, USC
Tom Herman, Texas
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Will Muschamp, South Carolina
Gary Patterson, TCU
Chris Petersen, Washington
Mark Richt, Miami
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
Nick Saban, Alabama
David Shaw, Stanford
Kirby Smart, Georgia
Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talk before the Bedlam game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Oklahoma won 62-52. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talk before the Bedlam game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Oklahoma won 62-52. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Nathan Ruiz

A native of Reno, Nevada, Nathan Ruiz joined The Oklahoman in 2018 as an Oklahoma State beat writer. A former intern with The Oklahoman, Ruiz graduated from Oklahoma State in May of 2017 and... Read more ›

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