Ranking every Power 5 and Independents Head football coach 1-68 for 2015. Here is 1-9.


We finally have reach the end of our coach rankings going into the 2015 season. Agree or disagree I hope you’ve enjoyed the series. Ok, Let’s see who is on on top.

Records shown are at current school with their conference records.

Coaching Rankings : 10-19 | 20-29  | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50-59 | 60-68

1) Urban Meyer – Ohio State (38-3, 24-0)

He had a top 5 team at Utah. He won 2 National Titles at Florida. He just won the 2014 National Title at Ohio State. He hasn’t lost a regular season game in the Big 10 in 3 years. He’s won nearly 85% of his games as head coach. Urban Meyer is college football’s  best coach.

2) Nick Saban – Alabama (86-17, 50-11)

Nick Saban actually has one more national title than Urban Meyer with 4. He has 7 straight AP top 10 finishes at Alabama. The Alabama program is on the short list of of schools considered the “standard” in college football. The last two years have ended in Sugar Bowl losses, including a loss to Urban Meyer and Ohio State which nudged Meyer ahead of Saban going into this season.

3) Jimbo Fisher – Florida State (58-11, 34-6)

Jimbo Fisher and Florida State have only lost 3 games in the last 3 years. Only Urban Meyer can match that loss count. Florida State won the 2013 National Title with one of the most dominant teams of the 2000s. The Noles are putting out more NFL talent than other school in the nation. Let’s not forget Fisher rebuilt a FSU program that had become stagnant.

4) Gary Patterson – TCU (132-45, 82-31)

You put Gary Patterson at an Ohio State, Alabama, or Florida State, for 3 or 4 years and I can just about guarantee he’d have a national title. He’s had 4 consecutive top 15 finishes at TCU from 2008-2011. In 2010 he led TCU to a number 2 finish. As TCU settled into the Big 12, 2012-2013 were down years, but last year TCU finished again in the top 3. They should be ranked in the top 5 headed into 2015. What he’s done at TCU is simply incredible.

5) Bob Stoops – Oklahoma (168-44, 104-28)

It sort of seems like Oklahoma has slipped ever so slightly in recent years, but look closer and the Sooners have still won 10 or more games 7 of the last 9 years. The three 8 win seasons since 2000 were the down years. Stoops won a national title in 2000. He’s a certain future Hall of Fame coach.

6) Mark Helfrich – Oregon (24-4, 15-3)

There has been no drop off at Oregon since Mark Helfrich took over for Chip Kelly. He’s averaging 12 wins in two seasons, with  two top 10 finishes, and  a national title game appearance. The Oregon offense is as difficult as ever to stop for most teams.

7) Mark Dantonio – Michigan State (75-31, 45-19)

For years Michigan State was team inconsistent. Mark Dantonio changed all that, had has made the Spartans into a national power. There have been 24 wins the last two years, and back to back top 5 rankings. 4 out of the last 5 years have been 11+ win seasons. Dantonio has also won 4 consecutive bowl games.

8) David Shaw – Stanford (42-12, 28-8)

Jim Harbaugh re-built Stanford, and David Shaw kept the freight train going. From 2011 to 2013, Stanford won 34 games, and had three straight top 12 seasons. The Cardinals play a physical brand of football not often seen in the college game, and I really like that. That last season was down year with 8 wins at Stanford is astonishing.

9) Art Briles – Baylor (55-34, 33-27)

The 5 previous seasons to Art Briles arrival in 2008 at Baylor, the Bears won 18 games. They hadn’t had winning season since 1995. This was a program that was an absolute mess. Under Briles Baylor has 3 10+ win seasons in their last 4 years. That would have been unheard 10 years ago.

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