Stoops comes from a legendary coaching family, and he inherited a mess in Lexington. Joker Phillips and Rich Brooks put Kentucky in bowl games before things went south in 2012 when Phillips was fired after a 2-10 campaign. Stoops entered and injected some excitement into the program. He's proven that he can recruit, but the Wildcats face a long road back to respectability.
Stoops needs to bounce back from a 2-10 2013 campaign in which the Wildcats went winless in the SEC.
It's unfair to place Mason at No. 14 before he ever coaches a game in the conference. Mason will be the SEC's s lone new head coach this season. He has big shoes to fill in replacing James Franklin, who is now at Penn State. Time will tell if he can continue to have Vandy competitive.
Mason was an assistant under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw at Stanford, which has been resurrected. He's never been a head coach in college and now he steps into the most competitive conference in the country in the SEC.