One of the interesting matchups when Baylor visits Iowa State this weekend will be a chess match between Iowa State offensive coordinator Mark Mangino and Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.
It’s an important match-up because it will likely influence time of possession, which is potentially Iowa State’s best friend.
The coaches’ backgrounds are eerily similar and their reputations as coordinators widely respected.
Mangino played collegiately at Youngstown State and later served two separate tenures on the Penguins’ coaching staff. Bennett was a defensive end at Texas A&M and eventually served two terms as an Aggie assistant.
Both Mangino and Bennett (1983-86 as defensive coordinator) have coached at Iowa State.
Each man spent time working for Bill Snyder at Kansas State, but not at the same time. Bennett was the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator from 1999-2001. Mangino worked with the K-State offensive line from 1991-98.
Both coached at Oklahoma, but during different eras. Mangino was line coach (1999) and offensive coordinator (2000-01) for the Sooners, while Bennett led their secondary in 1997.
Bennett was a head coach at SMU for six years and compiled a 19-51 record. Mangino led the Kansas program for eight seasons and built a 50-48 record.
As direct competitors, Mangino and Bennett have been on opposite sidelines three times previously:
• Oct. 19, 1996: K-State defeated Texas A&M, 23-20
• Oct. 14, 2000: Oklahoma defeated K-State, 41-31
• Sept. 29, 2001: Oklahoma defeated K-State, 38-37
The fourth match-up is Saturday night and the competition between their units (ISU offense vs. Baylor defense) will be one of the key storylines.