Top 10 Coaches In College Football
The players are the ones on the field executing the plays. The coaches are the ones telling them what to execute. Every good team needs good players. But, more importantly, every good team needs a good coach. Who are the top 10 coaches in college football? Let's find out!
10. Mark Richt-Georgia Bulldogs: Mark Richt has done an excellent job with the Georiga football program since he became its head coach. He has guided them to a 136-48 regular season record with nine double-digit winning seasons, a 78-34 SEC record, and a respectable 9-5 record in bowl games. He has not won a national championship as the coach of the team, and while some Dawgs fans may be getting impatient with that, Richt is the best man for the job and deserves to stay where he is.
9. Chris Petersen-Washington Huskies: In his first season with the Huskies, Petersen went 8-6. That doesn't sound too impressive. The reason why Petersen is on this list is for the extraordinary job he did as the head coach of the Boise State Broncos. In his eight seasons there, he guided them to an insane 92-12 regular season record a 5-2 bowl record. You might be thinking "Big deal, Boise State did not have much competition to deal with." While that may be true, one can never forget the team's improbable victory over automatic qualifier Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos became just the second non-automatic qualifer to play in and win a BCS bowl game (the 2004 Utah utes were the first). In addition, Petersen has won the Paul "Bear" Bryant award for coach of the year in 2006 and 2009, making him the only two-time recipient of the award.
8. Mark Dantonio-Michigan State Spartans: Michigan State has become one of college football's elite teams lately and it's in large part thanks to Dantonio. He has guided them to a solid 75-31 regular season record and after a slow start in bowl games, the team has now won four straight. He has been recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice, in 2010 and 2013.
7. Gary Patterson-TCU Horned Frogs: Patterson, just like Petersen, has spent a majority of his career coaching a non-automatic qualifying team. Just like Petersen, Patterson was able to guide his team to a victory over an automatic qualifier in a BCS bowl as the Horned Frogs defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2011 Rose Bowl. The Horned Frogs moved from the Mountain West Conference to the Big 12 Conference in 2012 and while they got off to a slow start in their new conference, going 7-6 and 4-8 in their first two years respectively, they came out firing the very next year with a 12-1 record and a final ranking of 3 in the AP rankings.
6. Gus Malzahn-Auburn Tigers: As stated in my previous article, Malzahn might be the best offensive mind in the country and he has a plethora of offensive talent to work with. In his first year as the head coach of the Tigers, he immediately changed the culture of the team as he guided them to a 12-2 record and a national championship appearance, just one year after they posted a 3-9 record with zero SEC victories. Thanks to Malzahn, Auburn is back to being one of the country's most feared teams.
5. Bob Stoops-Oklahoma Sooners: Bob Stoops has been nothing but consistent since he became the head coach of the Sooners. He has not had one losing season as the coach and has guided them to 12 double-digit winning seasons and a national championship victory in 2001. He also guided them to the 2009 national championship where they eventually lost to the Florida Gators.
4. Les Miles-LSU Tigers: "The Mad Hatter" has done an excellent job as the head coach of the Tigers, guiding them a 103-29 regular season record, two national championship appearances, and one national championship victory. In his 11 seasons as the coach, the Tigers have been in the top 3 of the ultra-competitive SEC West standings 10 times.
3. Jimbo Fisher-Florida State Seminoles: Fisher has done a fantastic job as the head coach of the Seminoles. He has guided them to a ridiculous 58-11 regular season record, two undefeated regular seasons, a playoff appearance, and a national championship victory. Say whatever you want about his ability (or inability) to handle off-the-field issues, but there is absolutely no doubt that the man can coach.
2. Nick Saban-Alabama Crimson Tide: When you talk about the two best coaches in the nation, Nick Saban's name is usually brought up. The man has turned Alabama into a football powerhouse since he became the head coach. His most notable work was guiding them to three national championships in a four-year span. The model of consistency that Saban has instilled in his team has made them one of college football's elite.
1. Urban Meyer-Ohio State Buckeyes: Urban Meyer is the best coach in the nation, and at this point it shouldn't even be a question. His overall regular season record as a head coach is an astounding 142-26. He guided the 2004 Utah Utes to a victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Fiesta Bowl (as mentioned before, the 2004 Utes were the first non-automatic qualifier to ever play in and win a BCS bowl game), the 2008 Florida Gators to a national championship victory, and just recently led the Buckeyes to a national championship victory. His work with the 2014 Buckeyes was by far his most impressive. The Buckeyes entered the season without their starting quarterback Braxton Miller. Some time later, their second-string quarterback J.T. Barrett went down, giving third-string quarterback Cardale Jones control at the helm. Jones went 3-0 as the starter with victories over Wisconsin in the Big Ten national championship, Alabama in the college football playoff semi-final, and Oregon in the national championship. You're not supposed to win a championship with your third-string quarterback but Ohio State was able to do it. It was arguably the best coaching job in college football that we have ever seen.