College Football Coaches- Six of the Best College Football Coaches

Top Six College Football Coaches

Top Six College Football Coaches

This article will list my choices as the top six football coaches that are still coaching today in college football. I will try my very best to be fair and impartial in my assessment of these coaches. It will be based on their winning ways and the successes that they have had at their coaching positions during their careers. I will gladly accept your respectfully written comments and opinions about this list. I would also like to hear what you think the ideal list would look like. If you don’t like my list or think that I made a mistake in compiling it, then let me know which spots you disagree with. I think this will be very interesting to see what you college football fans can come up with in regards to the top six college football coaches.

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Nick Saban is the Best College Coach

Being a die hard LSU fan, it pains me to do this but I must put Nick Saban at the top of list of the top six college football coaches in the land. Coach Saban has now won an amazing four college championships to his credit. He of course won his first ring at Louisiana State University (LSU) and won his next three rings at The University of Alabama. His team just finished taking care of Notre Dame in the most recent national championship game fairly easily. It was not really much of a game and Notre Dame seemed to be out matched. Saban is an admittedly driven coach always striving for perfection. He had proven that he can take over a program and take it to the top of the college football ranks. It has been truly impressive to see what Saban had been able to accomplish in the ultra competitive world of big time college football. Saban is the king of college football and his Alabama team has set a standard that other teams can only hope to attain. The author of the Forbes article that I have linked below notes that it took the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant a total of 37 years of college coaching to amass his leading six championships that he lead his teams too. Nick Saban on the other hand had only been a college coach for 15 years to this point. Congratulations to Coach Nick Saban of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide as being chosen as my number one ranked college football coach.

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Urban Meyer of Ohio State is a Great College Coach

Next on our list of the top six college football coaches is going to be Urban Meyer of Ohio State University. Urban Meyer has two national titles under his belt from his time at the University of Florida and had a great college player by the name of Tim Tebow to help him out. Despite Tebow’s problems at the professional level, he was a Heisman Trophy winner and great college player. Anyway, Meyer’s winning ways have continued at his new job at Ohio State University. Meyer took a break from college coaching for a couple years and then took the job at Ohio State. His team just finished the season with an undefeated season but because of NCAA sanctions was ineligible to be selected for bowl games this past season. Had they not been on this probation, they more than likely would have been the team playing against Notre Dame for the championship instead of Alabama. Coach Meyer has an impressive winning percentage of .835 and his team will be loaded next year and off of probation. Another title for Urban Meyer could very well come next year.

** Update- Coach Meyer led his Buckeyes to a national title in the first college football playoff system last season. Meyer is no doubt one of the top coaches in the game if not the best.

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Les Miles Wins Football Games

Okay sure, I’m a big LSU fan. I said I would try to be unbiased in this list and I am trying to be. Yes, Les Miles has done some apparently dumb things during games and his clock management of games is not that good. Most recently, it is common speculation that the LSU coaches blundered during their Chik-Fil-A bowl game in Atlanta with a baffling decision to call repeated passing plays towards the end of the game when they only needed a couple of yards to get a first down to keep the clock running and win the game. It is these type of blunders that Miles brings harsh criticism on Miles and his coaching abilities. However, if you look at his coaching record you can not deny that Coach Miles has been extremely successful in his career and especially in his time as the head coach at LSU including the 2007 BCS National Championship. Miles has also had the winningest record in the super tough Southeastern Conference over the last seven years. His players love him and he is a great recruiter. Miles is 47-17 in his eight years in the SEC and 85-21 overall at LSU. In Miles defense, sometimes the wild things he does in games works and everyone praises him and admires his gutsy play calling. Remember the over the head fake field goal plays? When things don’t work then all of a sudden he’s an idiot and does not know what he’s doing? I don’t think so people. Les Miles wins football games.

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Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks

Coach Chip Kelly of the University of Oregon has a very impressive record of 46 wins and only 7 losses in his four years as the coach of the Ducks. His team may also have what many people believe to have is the coolest uniforms around. The Ducks team has all these cool uniforms from Nike because they have a deal with Nike and an important boss at Nike is an Oregon alumnus. Coach Kelly was also on board with the idea of creating a buzz for his program and make it a little different and stand out a bit from a marketing perspective, Well, it has worked. The cool uniforms have helped Coach Chip Kelly land some of the better football talent across the land. Let’s face it, young people like it and think it’s cool and want to be a part of it. This has helped the Ducks win a lot of ball games and the high powered offense that Kelly has put in sure helps too. The Oregon offense is a fast paced offense that likes to go with no huddle and try to wear out opposing defenses and break the big plays. Kelly and his offense are very successful in doing this for the most part. Also, Kelly’s high powered offense is considered to be innovative and has garnered the attention of a lot of NFL teams. It was thought that Coach Chip Kelly was all but certain to take a job in the NFL. He surprisingly decided that he didn’t want to take a job for a losing professional team and keep his good job at Oregon where he keeps winning. Kelly has not won a national title yet as a coach but it would appear that he is very close to doing so if he stays in the college coaching ranks.

** UPDATE** - Chip Kelly no longer coaches the Ducks. He has been the head coach of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles for the last couple of years.


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Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners

It has been a number of years now but remember that in the year 2000 that Bob Stoops lead the Sooners to the national title in the Orange Bowl game and has kept the Sooners near the top of college football ever since. Stoops is well respected and has numerous national coach of the year awards including the Associated Press award in the year 2000. The Oklahoma Sooners football program under head coach Bob Stoops has played in more BCS National Titles games (4) than any other school. Stoops has been a huge success, leading the Sooners to 10 double- digit win seasons and eight BCS bowl appearances.Stoops became a hot coaching candidate after helping Steve Spurrier coach the Florida Gators to a national title and has been doing well as the Sooners head coach ever since. Stoops leadership of the Oklahoma program has been impressive and he rightfully deserves his place on this list of the top six college football coaches in the game today

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Steve Spurrier - The Ole Ball Coach

Steve Spurrier is a former Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida from “way back in the day” in 1966. Spurrier led the Florida Gators to a national title back in 1996 and was on the cutting edge of innovative offensive play calling as his Gators teams relied heavily on an entertaining and high scoring pass oriented offense. Spurrier’s time at Florida as coach included six SEC titles and a hefty record of 87 wins to only 12 losses over a 12 year period in SEC play. Steve Spurrier took over the South Carolina Gamecocks football program in 2005 and seems to have turned that program around finally into a legitimate contender in the SEC’s Eastern Division.

Top Six College Football Coaches Poll

Which is your choice as the top college football coach?

  • Nick Saban
  • Urban Meyer
  • Chip Kelly
  • Les Miles
  • Bob Stoops
  • Steve Spurrier
  • My choice is not listed here yet.
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lions44 3 years ago from Auburn, WA

I might put Gary Patterson (TCU) in there. And then Chris Peterson (BSU). I guess if it were a top ten, they would make it. Kevin Sumlin will probably be making a few of these lists soon too. Good article.

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