LSU Football: Why Les Miles Is the Most Underated Coach in College Football

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent INovember 21, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers celebrates a 23-21 win against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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He wins football games. That's all that matters.

The debate over how good of a college football coach Les Miles really is may never end. But as we know, sports is a "what have you done for me lately" business, and Miles has done a lot for this LSU football program over the past eight seasons.

It was less than two months ago when LSU fans were saying Miles was responsible for the Tigers' ugly 14-6 loss to Florida and that he failed to make the necessary adjustments for his team to win a big road game like that.

Since that game, LSU has won four of its last five games, with the only loss being against a No.1 ranked Alabama team that scored a winning touchdown in the final minute of the game to seal the victory in what was a great SEC battle.

The Tigers currently sit at 9-2 heading into Saturday's matchup against Arkansas and are ranked No.7 overall in the up-to-date BCS standings.

With a win on Saturday, it would be very realistic to see Les Miles' team make their second consecutive appearance in a BCS bowl.

Winning changes everything.

I don't think Les Miles has changed a lot since he arrived in Baton Rouge back in 2005. I don't think he developed a new-found passion for coaching that he didn't have before. He didn't turn into a great coach magically overnight.

I think that five 11-plus win seasons in eight years, with another likely coming this year, should help prove how good of a coach Miles is.

I think that a 5-2 record in bowl games, including three BCS bowls, with a possible fourth coming this season, shows how good of a coach Miles is.

Miles simply wins football games. Well, his team wins. But this is college football, where the head coach gets the credit, as well as the blame.

But yet, despite a 84-20 mark during his eight seasons at LSU, you just don't hear Miles' name in the same sentences as the Nick Sabans, Steve Spurriers and Urban Meyers.

But you should. His track record shows that he should be in the same sentence as those guys.

Les Miles wins football games. And with a BCS berth in the making, Miles could win another huge game to close out this season. There are a number of good up-and-coming coaches who have yet to win a BCS game—Will Muschamp, Bo Pelini, Bret Bielema, Lane Kiffin, Jimbo Fisher.

Those names could get there eventually, but Les Miles has already won a BCS game and should win more in his career.

Next time you talk about the Sabans, Meyers and Spurriers of the college football world, be sure to include Miles in that sentence as well.

He deserves it.