College Football 2014: Nick Saban is the No. 1 Seed in Our 'Best Coaches' Tournament

Introducing the Best Coaches in College Football Tournament

4/4/14 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

We’re right in the middle of spring practice, but have a long ways to go before opening kickoff when August rolls around. Blog Photo - College Football 2014: Nick Saban is No. 1 Seed in Our "Best Coach" Tournament

That’s why we’re going to have a little fun with our own version of March Madness (albeit a little late): the Best Coaches in College Football Tournament.

From Nick Saban all the way down to good ‘ol Charlie Weis, there are a ton of current names to choose from for our 16-coach bracket. This is completely biased, but heavily researched—seeding is based off total wins, bowl appearances, national championships, recruiting and the ever-so-important “what have you done for me lately?”

And just like the NCAA Basketball Tournament, you’re allowed to disagree with seeding. It’s in your blood.

Here’s the entire field with first-round matchups:

No. 1 – Nick Saban, Alabama
vs.
No. 16 – Chris Petersen, Washington

No. 2 – Urban Meyer, Ohio State
vs.
No. 15 – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

No. 3 – Les Miles, LSU
vs.
No. 14 – Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

No. 4 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
vs.
No. 13 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson

No. 5 – Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
vs.
No. 12 – Gus Malzahn, Auburn

No. 6 – Mark Richt, Georgia
vs.
No. 11 – Bill Snyder, Kansas State

No. 7 – Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
vs.
No. 10 – Jim Mora Jr., UCLA

No. 8 – Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
vs.
No. 9 – Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

Just missed the cut:
Art Briles, Baylor; James Franklin, Penn State; David Shaw, Stanford; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Craig Bohl, Wyoming.

Who is the best coach in the country heading into the 2014? YOU will decide. Be on the lookout for each matchup, as the first round starts Monday. Each “game” will include a full resume along with a poll and potential second-round preview.

Let the madness begin.


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4/11/14   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Burrellfan1 wrote:
Most of those coaches that have national championships won them at schools that have won national championships with other coaches.  It doesn't seem right to knock Petrino for not winning a national championship at Louisville when no other coach that has been there has either.  Even at Arkansas, you have to go back to Frank Broyles, and Arkansas was #1 just by the Football Writers.  As I said before, Petrino should have been seeded no lower than #2.

I'm not knocking him. I'm just saying that there are better coaches. Saban has won National Championships at two different schools. Meyer won multiple championships at Florida, then had two undefeated regular seasons in a row at OSU. Petersen won a BCS bowl with two different undefeated teams from non-BCS conferences.

Petrino isn't a bad coach, and it's not disrespectful at all to say he doesn't belong in the top 5 on this list. It's just realistic.

You're knocking these championship-winning coaches because they work at schools that have won championships with other coaches... but I haven't seen you address the fact that Petrino hasn't been hired by any schools with that level of history. If he were really the 2nd best coach in the country, he'd be working for an elite program rich with tradition like the other coaches I mentioned.

4/11/14   |   Burrellfan1   |   24258 respect

Pat wrote:
Saban, Meyer, Miles, Stoops, Spurrier and Fisher have national championships on their resumé. Chris Petersen has multiple undefeated seasons and BCS Bowl wins with a non-BCS conference school. Brian Kelly took (undefeated) Cincinnati to a BCS bowl game and Notre Dame to a title game.

Which of those guys should be behind Petrino, and why?

Most of those coaches that have national championships won them at schools that have won national championships with other coaches.  It doesn't seem right to knock Petrino for not winning a national championship at Louisville when no other coach that has been there has either.  Even at Arkansas, you have to go back to Frank Broyles, and Arkansas was #1 just by the Football Writers.  As I said before, Petrino should have been seeded no lower than #2.

4/5/14   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Burrellfan1 wrote:
Most of the coaches who have more wins than Petrino have coached more years than Petrino.  He has a better winning percentage than several coaches in this competition such as Les Miles, Steve Spurrier, Kevin Sumlin, Jim Mora Jr., Bill Synder, Frank Beamer, Mark Dantonio, and Dabo Swinney.  You also have to consider that Petrino had to rebuild at both Louisville and Arkansas.  You camn tell how great Petrino is based on how quickly Louisville and Arkansas regressed just one season after Petrino left those programs although each team had high expectations going into those seasons.

Saban, Meyer, Miles, Stoops, Spurrier and Fisher have national championships on their resumé. Chris Petersen has multiple undefeated seasons and BCS Bowl wins with a non-BCS conference school. Brian Kelly took (undefeated) Cincinnati to a BCS bowl game and Notre Dame to a title game.

Which of those guys should be behind Petrino, and why?

4/5/14   |   Burrellfan1   |   24258 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
Integrity plays as a huge factor when deciding the success of a coach. Even if it were based off wins alone, he wouldn't sniff top five. You have to look at the entire body of work.

Most of the coaches who have more wins than Petrino have coached more years than Petrino.  He has a better winning percentage than several coaches in this competition such as Les Miles, Steve Spurrier, Kevin Sumlin, Jim Mora Jr., Bill Synder, Frank Beamer, Mark Dantonio, and Dabo Swinney.  You also have to consider that Petrino had to rebuild at both Louisville and Arkansas.  You camn tell how great Petrino is based on how quickly Louisville and Arkansas regressed just one season after Petrino left those programs although each team had high expectations going into those seasons.

4/5/14   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Burrellfan1 wrote:
No Bobby Petrino, not even in just missed the cut?  You did get the memo that he is back at Louisville?  Petrino should have been no lower than the #2 seed.

Integrity plays as a huge factor when deciding the success of a coach. Even if it were based off wins alone, he wouldn't sniff top five. You have to look at the entire body of work.

4/5/14   |   Burrellfan1   |   24258 respect

No Bobby Petrino, not even in just missed the cut?  You did get the memo that he is back at Louisville?  Petrino should have been no lower than the #2 seed.

4/4/14   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Underseeded: Petersen, Dantonio, Beamer
Overseeded: Spurrier, Mora, Richt

Upset alert: Malzahn over Spurrier, Beamer over Miles