The College Football season is a month away. Over the past few years, College Football has become increasingly popular. The reasoning is simple, with the new 4-team playoff format, every game means something. If a team loses 2 games they have almost no chance of making it to the Final Four. There is more pressure to win now, than ever before. Some coaches thrive in that pressure others get “swallowed” by it.
Top 7 College Coaches:
#7) Mark Richt (Miami Hurricanes):
Richt spent 14 seasons at Georgia. In the toughest conference in the country, The SEC, he had 1 losing season. Richt may have never won a national championship, but it is hard to find a more consistent coach. His 1st year in Miami he compiled a record of 9-4, and last season he was 10-3. Richt’s team will get better and better because he is a phenomenal recruiter. There is a plethora of talent in Florida and Richt will keep a ton of “Homegrown” players. Miami should be a top 10 team as long as he is on the sidelines
#6) Chip Kelly (UCLA Bruins):
Most people think Kelly was a terrible NFL Coach. In his first 2 years in Philadelphia, he had a 10-6, 10-6 record, including a playoff appearance in his first season. In 4 years as an NFL coach, he was 28-35. A lot of that was a product of his 1 season with the San Francisco 49ers where he compiled a 2-14 record before he was fired. Nick Saban in two years with the Miami Dolphins went 9-7 and 6-10. The last time Kelly coached a college football game was January 3, 2013. His fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks manhandled No. 7 Kansas State. Led by Marcus Mariota, they won 34-17. In four years at Oregon Kelly was 46-7 and 33-3 in conference play. Under Kelly, the Ducks were ranked 11th, 3rd, 4th, and 2nd. It may take a year or two but Kelly will do great things at UCLA.
#5) Scott Frost (Nebraska CornHuskers):
Three years ago UCF Football went 0-12. In just two years, Frost orchestrated the greatest turnaround in NCAA Football History. His team went 13-0 last season. They finished ranked 7th in the country and got thoroughly robbed from playing in the college football playoffs. Frost will make $35 million over the next 7 years. The Oregon Ducks and Florida Gators should have “Thrown the Bank” at frost. They didn’t and their programs will suffer because of it.
#4) Kirby Smart (Georgia Bulldogs):
It hasn’t taken long for Kirby Smart to impact the SEC. In two years at Georgia has a 21-7 overall record, including 11- 5 in the SEC. In has 2nd year he did something last season that Mark Richt could never do, he got the Bulldogs to a National Championship game. Georgia lost to Alabama 26-23 in overtime but the program is on the rise. Smart can recruit and coach with anyone in the country. Miami got better by Richt going to the Hurricanes and Georgia is better with Smart running the team.
#3) Urban Meyer (Ohio State Buckeyes):
Meyer has won 2 National Championships (2006,2008) while coaching the Florida Gators, and 1 National Championship in 2014 at Ohio State. To say he has dominated The Big 10 Conference is an understatement. In 6 years, he has a 47-3 conference record.
#2) Dabo Swinney (Clemson Tigers):
There are only 2 coaches over the past 7 years that have won at least 10 games per year, Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban. Dabo has taken the Clemson Tigers to 3 straight playoff appearances and won the title in 2016. The Clemson Football Program has become so dominant, they are making South Carolina Football irrelevant in their own state. Dabo should get his team to a 4th straight Final Four
#1) Nick Saban (Alabama Crimson Tide):
Since 2008, Alabama has a record of 71-9 in the SEC. Saban has won 6 National Championships (1 with LSU and 5 with Alabama.) To say he is the greatest coach in college football is an understatement. He is the greatest college football coach of all-time. Saban makes $11 million per year and he is underpaid. It is estimated that the football program made a profit of 45.9 million in 2017. Give Saban a raise.
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