#1 Urban MeyerHis career record is now 142-26 as an NCAA football head coach. That includes success at every stop along the way, from Boise State to the University of Florida to Ohio State. Oh and he’s the defending national champion’s coach as well. So he has the top spot.
#2 Nick SabanIn the last seven seasons, here is the number of wins that Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide have earned: 12, 14, 10, 12, 13, 11, 12. That’s 84 wins, or an AVERAGE of 12 wins per season. That’s pretty good – but not quite as good as Meyer, at least in terms of production at different campuses.
#3 Mark DantonioDantonio’s Michigan State teams have won at least 11 games four times in the past five seasons. He flies a little under the radar thanks to Tom Izzo’s dominant basketball program at the same school, but he remains one of the top coaches in NCAA football.
#4 Bob StoopsThere was a time when he would easily have been ranked #1. Even with some letdowns in recent years in the Big 12, Stoops’ OU record is still an incredible 168-44. In 12 of his 16 seasons in Norman, Stoops has brought home at least 11 victories. Only his first year (1999) featured fewer than eight wins, when the team only could eke out seven.
#5 Gary PattersonIn eight of the last 12 seasons, Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs have won a minimum of 11 games. He’s even been willing to add spread football to the Frogs’ attack. They were a loss to Baylor away from qualifying for the College Football Playoff last year. Can they win it all this year?
#6 Jim HarbaughNow that Harbaugh has left the NFL to take over Michigan football, all eyes are now on the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry once again, as two coaching titans are running these two Big Ten powers.
#7 Gus MalzahnMalzahn was the force behind Auburn’s impressive 2010 title – and as the head coach, he almost won a national championship in 2013. The Tigers did go 8-5 last year, which is why he is down the list this far.
#8 Bobby PetrinoYou might not like Bobby Petrino’s penchant for jumping ship (or for stirring up controversy), but it is tempting to think about what he could do in a place like the University of Texas or Florida State, instead of getting stuck in Louisville.
#9 James FranklinHe took Vanderbilt to three consecutive bowl games and led the team to consecutive nine-win campaigns as well.
#10 Les MilesThis might be the NCAA’s most underrated head coach who has a national championship. Miles is one of just five active NCAA coaches with a national title. The others are Saban, Meyer, Stoops and Jimbo Fisher.
So where is Art Briles on this list? We’ll wait to see how that scandal at Baylor winds up before we take a look at his place. Sources Sports-Reference.com (http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/coaches/urban-meyer-1.html) Wikipedia.org (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Petrino)