The Best Coach in the History of Every College Football Team
College football has been around for over 140 years, and there are now 125 FBS schools. While some programs are more storied than others, each program has had a coach that stood out from the rest.
Even though some schools have only had college football programs at the FBS level for a few years, while others have been around for far longer than a century, there is at least one excellent coach to choose from at each school.
With so much history and tradition at certain schools also comes dozens of coaches at certain programs.
Here is the best coach of all-time at each college football program.
Air Force Falcons: Fisher DeBerry
DeBerry coached from 1984-2006 and finished with a record of 169-109-1 with 12 bowl game appearances and 17 winning seasons during his 23 years. He also led the team to three WAC Championships.
He has the highest winning percentage of any Air Force coach (.608) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Akron Zips: Gordon K. Larson
Akron has not had quite the history and tradition of some other schools, but one coach has stood out among the rest.
Gordon K. Larson was the head coach at Akron from 1961-1972 and had the best winning percentage (.683) of any coach with more than 100 games coached.
He finished with a record of 74-33-5. He is second all-time in wins, only seven behind his successor, Jim Dennison.
While he never won a conference title, he did make his only bowl game in 1968, losing in the now defunct Grantland Rice Bowl.
Alabama Crimson Tide: Paul 'Bear' Bryant
Who knows, a few years from now Nick Saban could be at the top of the list, but as of right now it is Paul 'Bear' Bryant.
Alabama has had some amazing college football coaches over the years and Bryant is the best of them all.
He ran the Alabama program for 25 years and during that time had a record of 232-46-9, while leading the Crimson Tide to six national championships and 13 conference titles. When he retired was the winningest head coach in college football history.
Many people consider Bryant the greatest college football coach of all time and the numbers certainly don't lie.
Arizona Wildcats: Pop McKale
Much to the surprise of some, Arizona has had a fair amount of successful college football coaches over the years, and even though he coached nearly 100 years ago, Pop McKale ranks at the top.
During his 16 seasons at Arizona, he compiled an 81-32-6 record from 1914-1930. He only had one losing season during that time. Even though the seasons were shorter, he only lost more than three games one time.
The Wildcats were an Independent at this time and joined the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association the year after he left.
Even though not a lot is known about him, McKale is still at the top of the list for the Wildcats.
Arizona State Sun Devils: Frank Kush
Frank Kush does not have the best winning percentage in Sun Devils history, but over his 22 seasons he won 176 games against only 54 losses and a tie.
Even though things did not end well for Kush, he only had two losing seasons at Arizona State and finished first or second in the conference seven times during his first 11 seasons.
From 1969-1973, the team won five straight Western Conference Championships going 50-6 over those years. In 1975 his Sun Devils finished second in the country, winning the Fiesta Bowl.
Arkansas Razorbacks: Frank Broyles
Frank Broyles brought Arkansas their highest-ever ranking in 1964, finishing No. 2 in the polls. During his 23 seasons, he compiled a 144-58-5 record.
The Razorbacks won seven of their 14 conference championships during that time and Broyles won a national Coach of the Year award in 1964 as well.
He led Arkansas to 10 bowl games during his tenure. After coaching, Broyles became athletic director at Arkansas until his retirement in 2007.
Arkansas State Red Wolves: Bennie Ellender
Even though Arkansas State has been relevant the past few seasons, the school is not one known for history and tradition.
But, former head coach Bennie Ellender had fans believing otherwise when he ran the program.
From 1963-1970, Arkansas State went 52-20-4 and made three straight Pecan Bowls, finishing first in the Southland Conference every year.
They were the College Division National Champs in 1970, finishing No. 1 in the polls.
No doubt he tops the list for the Red Wolves.
Army Black Knights: Earl Blaik
He ran the program from 1941-1958 and finished with a career record of 121-33-10. He led Army to consecutive national championships in 1944 and 1945.
Blaik and Army only had one season with more than four losses during his tenure and he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1964.
Auburn Tigers: Ralph Jordan
Auburn went to 12 bowl games during that time, winning five of them.
He only had three losing seasons during that time, and before Gene Chizik was the only Auburn coach to lead them to a national championship.
Ball State Cardinals: Dave McClain
McClain spent eight seasons at Ball State from 1971-1977. He went 46-25-3, including one MAC Championship.
He only had one losing season and helped lead the Cardinals to Division I.
No doubt he made more of an impact than any other coach in the history of the program.
Baylor Bears: Grant Teaff
Teaff ran the program from 1972-1992 and during that time the Bears went 128-105-6. He led them to eight bowl games and the team finished in the top 25 six times.
He won two conference championships in 1974 and 1980, and the team also finished second in five of his last eight years running the program.
Current head coach Art Briles might have a chance to give him a run for his money with the start he is off to.
Boise State Broncos: Chris Petersen
He has taken Boise State to seven bowl games during his first seven seasons and has compiled a record of 84-8 over that span.
The Broncos have gone undefeated two times and have been one of the best programs in college football over the last few years.
He really proved himself with the success of the 2012 squad.
Boston College Eagles: Joe Yukica
Yukica has an all-time record of 68-37 during his 10 seasons at Boston College from 1968-1977.
Even though Boston College did not reach a bowl game during his 10 seasons, he still posted one of the best winning percentages the school has ever seen and tops the list by the slightest of margins.
Bowling Green Falcons: Doyt Perry
The MAC has produced some talented coaches over the years, but topping the list is Doyt Perry.
Perry put up win totals at Bowling Green that are some of the best in the history of college football.
He spent 10 seasons with the Falcons and never lost more than two games in a season, finishing 77-11-5 over that span.
Perry made a bowl appearance in 1961 and had two undefeated seasons as well. He had a 46-8-5 record in conference games.
Those numbers are hard to find anywhere else.
Buffalo Bulls: Dick Offenhamer
He spent 11 seasons at Buffalo and had a record of 58-37-5. He only had two losing seasons during this time and went 16-2 from 1958-1959.
At a program where winning is not easy, Offenhamer made it look that way.
BYU Cougars: LaVell Edwards
Anybody who has a stadium named after him had to be good for something.
LaVell Edwards spent an eternity at BYU and is easily their best coach of all time. During his 39 seasons, Edwards posted a 257-101-3 record and won a national championship in 1984.
BYU won 10 straight WAC Championships from 1976-1985. He also led the Cougars to 22 bowl games, including 17 straight from 1978-1994.
Perhaps what is most amazing is the fact that he never won less than five games in a season and only had one losing season over that span.
California Golden Bears: Andy Smith
Smith coached from 1916-1925 and had five straight undefeated seasons from 1920-1924. During that time, the team made two straight Rose Bowl appearances.
Over his 10 seasons, Smith went 74-16-7 and never had a losing season.
It has certainly not all been downhill since for the Golden Bears, but no coach has done what Smith did during his decade running the program.
Central Michigan Chippewas: Bill Kelly
He led Central Michigan to five straight conference titles from 1952-1956 and won seven of the 16 conference titles the school has accumulated.
While Central Michigan has produced talented coaches over the years, including Brian Kelly and Butch Jones, none of them have had the sustained success of Bill Kelly.
It is hard to imagine anybody will, given the state of college football today.
Cincinnati Bearcats: Sid Gillman
During those years, his Bearcats compiled a record of 50-13-1 and only lost four games over his final four seasons.
He won three MAC titles in the four years they were in the league, going 13-1 overall in conference play. They reached the Sun Bowl in 1950.
While Brian Kelly did a lot for the program, his tenure was not quite long enough to make the list.
Clemson Tigers: Danny Ford
Danny Ford led Clemson to their only national championship in 1981 and during his 12 seasons at Clemson, he produced an outstanding 96-29-4 record.
He went 56-16-1 in the ACC and won five conference titles. The Tigers finished in the top 12 of the AP poll in half of his seasons and reached eight bowl games in 12 years.
They never had a losing season and the best years in the programs history were during this era.
Colorado Buffaloes: Fred Folsom
To find the best Colorado football coach of all time, it is necessary to go all the way back to the 19th century.
Fred Folsom is another coach who has had a field named after him.
He coached Colorado in three different stints, from 1895-1899, 1901-1902 and from 1908-1915. During those years, the Buffaloes won 10 conference titles and only had one losing season.
He had a record of 77-23-2 during his 15 seasons. While Bill McCartney is certainly a viable candidate, Fred Folsom is slightly better and worthy of the top spot.
Colorado State Rams: Sonny Lubick
They won the WAC three of his six seasons and also were champions of the Mountain West three times in nine years.
They finished in the top 20 three different times. Overall he had a record of 108-74 during his tenure, including four seasons with 10 or more wins.
The program has not yet gotten back to that level since his departure.
Connecticut Huskies: Randy Edsall
When he took over in 1999, Connecticut was a member of the Atlantic 10 conference. Five years later, they went from a I-AA to a member of the Big East Conference.
He won eight or more games each of his final four seasons and went to a bowl game every year, culminating with a Big East Championship and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl during his final season.
Duke Blue Devils: Wallace Wade
He coached the Blue Devils from 1931-1950, and during his 20 seasons Duke went a combined 110-36-7.
They won six conference championships and made two Rose Bowl appearances, twice finishing in the top three in the country.
While Duke has not quite gotten back to what it once was, there have still been some other successful teams, but none like those led by Wade.
East Carolina Pirates: Pat Dye
He won one Southern Conference championship and took the Pirates to the Independence Bowl in 1978.
Dye never finished a season with more than four losses and never won less than seven games.
No doubt that he tops the list for East Carolina.
Eastern Michigan Eagles: Elton Rynearson
He had three stays at Eastern Michigan: 1917, 1919-1920 and 1925-1948. During his time at Eastern Michigan, the team posted an impressive 114-58-15 record and won five of their 10 total conference championships.
He led them to multiple undefeated seasons and if they had not become an independent in 1931, there certainly would have been more conference crowns.
This guy could flat out coach and the Eagles have had no one like him since.
Florida Gators: Steve Spurrier
He won a national championship in 1996 and posted a 122-27-1 record at Florida, the highest winning percentage of any coach in the history of the school.
The Gators went to a bowl game every season they were eligible under Spurrier from 1991-2001 and finished in the top 13 of the AP poll in all of his 12 seasons in Gainesville.
Florida Atlantic Owls: Howard Schnellenberger
He only finished with a 58-74 career record, but did take the Owls to two bowl games.
New head coach Carl Pelini has a good shot to pass Schnellenberger in the coming years, but he did not get off to a good start as the Owls only went 3-9 in 2012.
Florida International Golden Panthers: Mario Cristobal
He only has a 26-47 career record, but did put together two straight winning seasons in 2010 and 2011 each with a bowl game.
Had it not been for a 1-11 record in his first season with the program and a 3-9 record in his final year during the 2012 season, his numbers would be much more respectable. He also has a conference title on his resume.
Floria State Seminoles: Bobby Bowden
He had a career record at Florida State of 304-97-3, including 31 bowl games and an amazing 28 straight bowl appearances from 1982-2009.
Bowden won a pair of national championships along with nine straight ACC Championships from 1992-2000.
From 1987-2000 his Seminoles finished in the top five of the final AP Poll every year.
Fresno State Bulldogs: Jimmy Bradshaw
Over that 11-year span he posted a record of 59-18-2. His winning percentage of .750 is the best in the history of the school with the exception of Cecil Coleman, who only coached five seasons.
While not very much is known about Bradshaw, he did win at a unprecedented clip while in Fresno.
Georgia Bulldogs: Vince Dooley
He ran the Georgia football program for 25 years, from 1964-1988, and during that time posted a record of 201-77-10.
The Bulldogs finished in the top five for four straight seasons, 1980-1983, and reached 20 bowl games in his 25 seasons, including nine in a row to end his career.
It was certainly not a bad quarter century for Georgia during his tenure.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Bobby Dodd
Yet another coach with a stadium named after him.
Bobby Dodd was the head man at Georgia Tech from 1945-1966. During the 1951-1953 seasons, his teams posted a 31-game winning streak and his Yellow Jackets squads finished in the AP top 11 eight different times.
He had an overall record of 165-64-8 during that time and appeared in 13 bowl games.
Dodd only had two losing seasons in his 22 running the program.
Georgia State Panthers: Bill Curry
For the first two seasons of their existence they were an FCS independent. After spending 2012 in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Panthers will join the Sun Belt Conference at the FBS level in 2013.
Curry will no longer be with the program as he announced his retirement after the 2012 season.
Hawai'i Warriors: June Jones
During his nine seasons he won 76 games with only 41 losses, including two conference championships and six bowl appearances.
The bowl appearances were capped with an appearance in the Sugar Bowl in 2007 after an undefeated regular season.
That success has disappeared since he left over five years ago.
Houston Cougars: Bill Yeoman
He compiled an overall record of 160-108-8 and the Cougars made 11 bowl games during his tenure.
From 1966-1979, the Cougars finished in the top 20 of the Coaches poll 11 times. No other coach in the school's history has come close and it would be far-fetched to believe anybody else will.
Idaho Vandals: John L. Smith
John L. Smith is perhaps best known for his coaching stints at Louisville, Michigan State and Arkansas, but his head coaching career all began at Idaho.
He led the Vandals from 1989-1994 and won 53 games with only 20 losses during that time.
Idaho was a Division 1-AA team in those years and made the playoffs five of the six seasons he was running the show, including a national semifinal appearance in 1993.
Illinois Fighting Illini: Bob Zuppke
He won those seven over a span of 15 years from 1914-1928 and finished with a career record of 131-81-12.
Most amazing of all are the four national championships he won during his time, making him one of the most under-appreciated coaches in all of college football history and without question the best in Illinois history.
Indiana Hoosiers: Bo McMillin
He coached the Hoosiers from 1934-1947 and compiled a 63-48-11 record.
His best season came in 1945 when his Indiana squad went 9-0-1, won the Big Ten title and finished fourth in the country. They followed that up with a 6-3 record and a No. 20 national ranking the next season.
The Hoosiers have had nowhere near that success in recent years.
Iowa Hawkeyes: Hayden Fry
They won three Big Ten titles and went to 14 bowl games during that time. They also finished the season in the top 25 during 10 of his years.
Even though Fry does not have a national title under his belt, he is the most complete coach in Hawkeye history.
Iowa State Cyclones: Clyde Williams
Williams coached the Cyclones from 1907-1912 and posted a 32-15-2 record.
During this time, they won the only two conference championships in the history of the school, going back-to-back in 1911 and 1912. Williams also never had a losing season at Iowa State.
Kansas Jayhawks: A.R. Kennedy
The Jayhawks have only won five conference championships in the history of their program and he was responsible for one of them. For a school lacking in football history, Kennedy is clearly the top coach in the history of the program.
Kansas State Wildcats: Bill Snyder
He has coached the Wildcats since 1989 with a break from 2006-2008. Over that span he has a 170-85-1 record and appeared in 14 bowl games.
They have five top 10 AP poll finishes during that time.
Kent State Golden Flashes: Trevor Rees
Former head coach Trevor Rees was one of the few who had some success. He went 92-63-5 from 1946-1963 and even though he did not win a conference crown, he did bring some sustained success to the program.
He had 13 winning season out of his 18 with the program.
No other coach in Kent State history has even come close to that level.
Kentucky: Paul 'Bear" Bryant
This name sounds all too familiar. Before he ran the show at Alabama, Paul 'Bear' Bryant spent eight seasons at Kentucky.
He led the Wildcats to some of the best years in school history, posting a record of 60-23-6 over that time.
His best season came in 1950 when the Wildcats won the SEC title, went 11-1 and played in the Sugar Bowl. They finished that year with a No. 7 national ranking.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Joe Aillet
He coached from 1940-1966 and despite tailing off a bit at the end record-wise, he still finished his career with a 151-86-8 record.
Ailett won 12 conference championships and was a model of consistency for the Louisiana Tech program.
He also has a stadium named after him.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns: Mark Hudspeth
He appears to be one of the rising young head coaches in college football. In 2011 he went 9-4 en route to a victory in the New Orleans bowl and followed that up with an identical record last year and another victory in the New Orleans bowl.
Though there is not much history at this school, Hudspeth appears ready to turn that around.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks: Pat Collins
He was 57-35 during those eight seasons and is second all-time in winning percentage but first in wins.
Collins won two conference championships during his tenure and also led the Warhawks to an FCS National Championship in 1987.
Louisville Cardinals: Bobby Petrino
If current head coach Charlie Strong hangs around, he could be at the top of the list within five years or so, but for right now it has to go to Bobby Petrino.
Not many coaches did as much in a short period of time as Petrino did at Louisville.
During his four years with the program, the Cardinals went 41-9, won two Conference USA titles, played in four bowls including an Orange Bowl and finished in the top 20 three times.
They never lost more than four games and never won less than nine in his four years.
LSU Tigers: Les Miles
He won a national championship in 2007 and has won two SEC titles since he arrived in 2005. His 85-21 overall record is remarkable, and he has won 11 or more games in five of his seven seasons, finishing in the top eight each of those years.
Having been to two national championships and posting a 41-15 SEC record, it is hard to argue against Miles.
"The Mad Hatter" tops the list for LSU.
Marshall Thundering Herd: Bob Pruett
After moving to Division I, Marshall made six straight bowl games and won multiple MAC Championships under Pruett.
In 1999, they went 13-0 and finished in the top 10 in the country.
Pruett is the easy choice here.
Maryland Terrapins: Jim Tatum
They won the national championship in 1953, on their way to a 10-1 campaign. While at Maryland he never lost more than four games in a season and never won less than six.
Tatum led the Terrapins to three top-three rankings over a five-year span, and from 1951-1955 the team only lost five games.
Massachusetts Minutemen: Don Brown
He coached the Minutemen from 2004-2008 and posted a 43-19 record during that time.
Brown led UMass to two Colonial Athletic Association titles and in 2006, the Minutemen made it to the FCS national championship before losing.
All five of his seasons were winning ones.
Memphis Tigers: Billy J. Murphy
His .673 winning percentage is the best in the history of the school. Murphy led Memphis to the Pasadena Bowl against San Jose State—the Tigers won that game 28-9.
Miami Hurricanes: Dennis Erickson
He went 63-9 in his six seasons at Miami, putting up win totals that were some of the best in college football history.
The Hurricanes finished No. 1 twice in the AP Poll and No. 3 two more times. Erickson's Miami teams were some of the best college football has ever seen. None of his teams ever finished with less than nine wins or lower than No. 15 in the final poll.
Miami Redhawks: Ara Parseghian
Known as the "Cradle of Coaches," Miami has produced some of the greatest tutors the game has ever seen.
Ara Parseghian is known for a lot of things, but coaching at Miami may not be on the top of the list.
He is one of many famous coaches to call Oxford home. Parseghian posted a 39-6-1 record in five seasons at Miami. He finished first in the MAC twice and second three times.
During his final season in 1955, Miami went 9-0 and finished No. 15 in the AP Poll.
Michigan Wolverines: Fielding H. Yost
He won 10 Big Ten Championships in the 15 years he was in the league.
Few coaches in college football history boast the resume of Yost.
Michigan State Spartans: Clarence Munn
Under his reign, the Spartans went undefeated in both 1951 and 1952 and could stake claim to at least part of those national championships.
Over his final four seasons, the Spartans went a combined 35-2, winning the Rose Bowl in their 1953 inaugural season in the Big Ten and finishing No. 3 in the country that year.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders: Charles M. Murphy
Murphy also helped lead Middle Tennessee to three bowl games and three undefeated seasons.
The Blue Raiders have never been better than when Murphy was running the show.
Minnesota Golden Gophers: Henry L. Williams
For over two decades at the turn of the 20th century, Henry L. Williams was a mainstay at the Minnesota program.
From 1900-1921, Williams led the Minnesota Golden Gophers to a 136-33-11 record and eight Big Ten Championships.
He went undefeated in both 1903 and 1904, posting a 27-0-1 record during that time.
From 1900-1919, the Gophers never lost more than three games in a season, one of the most amazing stats in coaching history.
Ole Miss Rebels: Johnny Vaught
His overall record of 190-61-12 is certainly an excellent mark. He can also stake claim to three national championships.
From 1957-1970, the Rebels made 14 straight bowl games and also claimed six SEC titles during his time there.
There is also a stadium named after him in Oxford.
Mississippi State Bulldogs: Allyn McKeen
They won the Orange Bowl in 1940 on their way to a 10-0-1 record.
The next season they went 8-0-1 and won the SEC title. McKeen never had a losing record as head coach at Mississippi State.
Missouri Tigers: Dan Devine
He led the Tigers to six bowl games and nine national rankings at the end of the season.
Devine and Missouri had their best year in 1960, going 11-0 and winning the Orange Bowl on their way to a No. 4 AP ranking in the final poll.
Navy Midshipmen: Eddie Erdelatz
He had seven straight winning seasons from 1952-1958 after only going 5-12-1 in his first two seasons at Navy.
Most important was his 5-3-1 overall record against Army during his nine seasons at Navy.
That mark alone helps him reach the top of the list.
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Tom Osborne
Over that span, he went 255-49-3 and won three national championships.
Osborne never won less than nine games in a season and never lost more than three. He made a bowl game in each of his 25 seasons and won 13 conference championships.
Nevada Wolf Pack: Chris Ault
He has a career record of 233-109-1. Ault has seen the Wolf Pack grow from a Division II team to a I-AA independent to the Big Sky Conference to the Big West Conference, and finally to the WAC.
He has had three 13-win seasons and been the I-AA runner-up. Ault also led the Wolf Pack to 10 bowl games over their 12 FBS seasons.
New Mexico Lobos: Bill Weeks
From 1960-1967 he was the man in charge, and during a three-year stretch from 1962-1964 the Lobos won three of the four conference crowns in their school's history.
Their best season came in 1964 when they went 9-2 and finished No. 16 in the Coaches Poll. He also led them to a victory in the 1960 Aviation Bowl.
New Mexico State Aggies: Warren Woodson
Warren Woodson went 63-36-3 from 1958-1967, including an undefeated 11-0 season in 1960. During this campaign, the Aggies finished the year with a Sun Bowl victory and ended up No. 17 in the country in the final AP Poll.
That would be the only season Woodson would record double-digit win totals.
North Carolina Tar Heels: Dick Crum
Crum coached the Tar Heels from 1978-1987, where he posted a 72-41-3 record and finished in the top 20 nationally four straight seasons from 1979-1982.
He took North Carolina to six bowl games, including five straight, won an ACC title and had an 11-1 season in 1980.
North Carolina State Wolfpack: Dick Sheridan
He made bowl games in all but one season and finished second in the ACC four different times.
Sheridan helped lead NC State to a final national ranking in three of his seven seasons.
North Texas Mean Green: Odus Mitchell
Mitchell won 11 conference championships and qualified for three bowl games over that time.
No Mean Green head coach has more wins than he did during his more than two decades running the program.
Northern Illniois Huskies: George Evans
He coached the team from 1929-1954 and put together a record of 131-70-20. He was also the head basketball coach from 1929-1940.
His 131 wins are the most of any coach in the history of the program. He led the Huskies to back-to-back bowl games in 1946 and 1947, while playing in the Atlantic Conference.
Northwestern Wildcats: Richard Hanley
Hanley went 36-26-4 over his eight seasons with the Wildcats and won the Big Ten conference back-to-back seasons in 1930-1931.
He has the highest winning percentage of any coach in Northwestern history with more than five seasons coached.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Knute Rockne
Over that 13-year span Rockne posted a record of 105-12-5, losing less than one game a season on average.
He went undefeated five times and had only one loss six more years.
While there have been a plethora of excellent coaches in South Bend, Rockne tops the list.
Ohio Bobcats: Don Peden
He won six league championships and his .711 winning percentage is the highest of any coach in the history of the school.
Like many other coaches on the list, Peden had a stadium named after him.
Ohio State Buckeyes: Woody Hayes
Over that span he posted a 205-61-10 record and won an astounding five national championships along with 13 Big Ten titles.
Hayes took Ohio State to eight Rose Bowls along with three other bowl games during his 28-year coaching career at Ohio State.
Oklahoma Sooners: Barry Switzer
While Bud Wilkinson might seem like the logical choice, the slight edge here goes to Barry Switzer.
Their resumes are almost identical, but Switzer posted a slightly better winning percentage than Wilkinson.
He coached the Sooners from 1973-1988 and posted a 157-29-4 record over those 16 seasons. He won 12 Big Eight Championships and three national titles as well.
Switzer never lost more than four games in a season and qualified for 13 bowl games while posting 10 seasons of double-digit wins.
Oklahoma State Cowboys: Mike Gundy
He has a record of 67-35, but has gone 31-8 over the past three seasons and won the Big 12 Championship in 2012.
Gundy has made seven straight bowl games and has posted nine or more wins in four of his last five seasons.
Oregon Ducks: Chip Kelly
His .868 winning percentage is remarkable and he went 46-7 during his four seasons in Eugene. Throw in two Rose Bowls, a Fiesta Bowl and a BCS National Championship game appearance and Kelly has been one of the best college football coaches over that span.
He won 12 games each of his final three seasons and used that to help propel himself to the next level.
Oregon State Beavers: Tommy Prothro
He coached the Beavers from 1955-1964 and guided them to a 63-37-2 record over that span. They won three conference championships and made a Rose Bowl appearance in 1964 while finishing No. 8 in the country in both major polls.
The 1956 Oregon State team also appeared in the Rose Bowl, finishing the season No. 10 in the AP Poll.
Penn State Nittany Lions: Joe Paterno
They won three Big Ten titles after joining the conference in 1993 and Paterno can also stake claim to two national championships.
He is the winningest coach in FBS history and without question one of the five greatest of all-time.
Pittsburgh Panthers: Jock Sutherland
He went 111-20-12 during his 15 seasons, went to four Rose Bowls, and won four national championships during that time.
Only once did he lose more than two games in a season and he is far and away the greatest coach in the history of the storied Panthers program.
Purdue Boilermakers: Noble Kizer
Kizer coached Purdue from 1930-1936 and won two Big Ten titles while going 42-13-3.
He was undefeated in 1932 and had two one-loss seasons as well. Since 1900, he is the only Purdue coach to win multiple conference titles. That gives him the slight edge in this debate.
Rice Owls: Phillip Arbuckle
He went undefeated in 1913 and only had one losing season out of the 11 with the program.
While he did not coach a lot of games, he was still more games over .500 than anybody else in the history of the school.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Frank R. Burns
Burns led the Scarlet Knights from 1973-1983 and compiled a record of 78-43-1. He led Rutgers to an 11-0 season in 1976 and a No. 17 national ranking at the end of the season.
They made one bowl appearance under Burns, losing in the Garden State Bowl in 1978.
San Diego State Aztecs: Don Coryell
His record of 104-19-2 is the best in the history of the school. He had undefeated seasons in 1966, 1968 and 1969.
He helped take San Diego State from a Division II program to a Division I school in 1969 as well.
San Jose State Spartans: Dudley DeGroot
They went 13-0 in his final season in 1939 and 35-3-1 over his final three years.
He never had a losing season at San Jose State and was undefeated on two occasions.
SMU Mustangs: Bobby Collins
He went 43-14-1 during his five seasons at SMU, including an 11-0-1 season ending in a Cotton Bowl victory and a No. 2 national ranking.
From 1982-1984, the Mustangs went a combined 33-4-1 and finished all three seasons with bowl berths and top 11 national rankings.
South Alabama Jaguars: Joey Jones
During that time head coach Joey Jones has led them to a 25-14 record, including two undefeated seasons.
In 2012, however, the team joined the Sun Belt Conference and only posted a 2-10 mark.
South Carolina Gamecocks: Steve Spurrier
He is 66-37 over his first eight seasons at South Carolina and has taken the team to seven bowl games. They are 35-29 in the SEC and have gone 31-9 overall the past three seasons, including 11-2 each of the past two years.
If he hangs around, in a few more years, Spurrier will become the winningest coach in the history of the South Carolina program.
South Florida Bulls: Jim Leavitt
He posted a 95-57 record during that time and grew the program from a I-AA independent into a member of the Big East.
Leavitt led South Florida to a bowl game in each of his final five seasons with the program.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles: Thad Vann
He posted 19 consecutive winning seasons and in 1953 went 9-2 with a major upset victory over powerhouse Alabama.
In 1954 they upset Alabama once again, but only went 6-4 that year. They also made four bowl appearances, losing all four.
Stanford Cardinal: Pop Warner
He went 71-17-8 from 1924-1932 at Stanford, including three Rose Bowl appearances, three Pacific Coast Conference Championships, and a national championship while going 10-0-1 in 1926.
Stanford football or the college football world has never seen anybody quite like Pop Warner.
Syracuse Orange: Ben Schwartzwalder
He made seven bowl games during his tenure and finished in the top 20 in 11 different campaigns.
Schwartzwalder only had three losing seasons during his 25 with the program and coached some of the greatest players to ever play the game, including Jim Brown and Ernie Davis among others.
TCU Horned Frogs: Gary Patterson
Since taking over in 2001, Patterson has compiled a record of 116-36. The Horned Frogs have been to two BCS bowl games and 12 overall.
They have also joined the Big 12 conference and been ranked in the final poll nine of the 12 seasons Patterson has been at TCU.
Temple Owls: Pop Warner
Warner went 31-18-9 over his seven seasons at Temple and played in the inaugural Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1935. A game they lost 20-14 to Tulane.
Temple had only one losing season during that time and only lost more than three games once.
Tennesse Volunteers: Robert Neyland
He posted a 173-31-12 record during that time, won seven conference titles, four national championships and never had a losing season.
The Volunteers went undefeated six times and during his tenure, they were one of the true college football powerhouses.
He not only has a stadium named after him, but is also one of the greatest coaches in college football history.
Texas Longhorns: Darrell Royal
From 1957-1976, Royal posted a 167-47-5 record and helped Texas claim three national championships. They made 16 bowl games and never had a losing season.
Royal and the Longhorns won 11 conference titles in his 20 seasons and went to six straight Cotton Bowls from 1968-1973.
Royal also has a stadium named after him and had no problem winning the big game.
Texas A&M Aggies: R.C. Slocum
The Aggies finished in the top 20 of the AP Poll in 10 of his 14 years and played in 11 bowl games. From 1989-2002, the Aggies football program was never in better hands.
Perhaps their best season came in 1994 when they went 10-0-1, but were ineligible for the postseason.
Texas State Bobcats: Jim Wacker
They were also a Division II football program and 2012 was the first at the FBS level for the Bobcats.
Wacker won three conference titles, went 42-8 and won a national championship in each of his final two seasons with the program, going 27-1 over that span.
Texas Tech Red Raiders: Pete Cawthon
He went 76-32-6 over those 11 seasons and won a conference championship. He brought a potent offensive attack to the Red Raiders.
In 1932, they were the No. 1 offense in the country while still being called the Matadors.
Toledo Rockets: Frank Lauterbur
He coached Toledo from 1963-1970 and posted a 48-32-2 record. The Rockets went undefeated in both 1969 and 1970, winning the Tangerine Bowl both seasons and finishing No. 12 in the final AP Poll of 1970.
Troy Trojans: Larry Blakeney
Blakeney has been running the show since 1991 and has helped take Troy from a Division II Independent to a I-AA Independent to a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference.
Over his 22 years, the Trojans have a record of 168-99-1 and have been to five bowl games over the past nine seasons.
Tulane Green Wave: Tommy Bowden
Even though Bowden only coached at Tulane for two seasons from 1997-1998, he was markedly better than any of his predecessors.
In 1997 he went 7-4, finishing second in Conference USA and in 1998 he won the league, went 11-0 with a victory in the Liberty Bowl and finished the year No. 7 in the final AP Poll.
Clearly the best season in the history of the program.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Henry Frnka
He went 40-9-1 in his five seasons with the program, won three conference championships, made five bowl games and finished in the top 20 three separate years.
Frnka never lost more than three games in a season during his time at Tulsa from 1941-1945.
UAB Blazers: Jim Hilyer
Hilyer coached the team from a Division III Independent to a I-AA Independent from 1991-1994.
During those four years, the Blazers went 27-12-2, including 16-6 over his final two seasons at the I-AA level.
Central Florida Knights: Gene McDowell
He posted an 87-61 record from 1985-1997 and his best season came in 1990 when the Knights went 10-4.
While he never made a bowl game, there is no question he is the best coach UCF has ever had.
Current head coach George O'Leary has a chance to dethrone him with a few more successful seasons.
UCLA Bruins: Terry Donahue
He coached the Bruins for 20 years from 1976-1995 and UCLA went 151-74-8 over that span. They were 98-50-5 in conference play, including five conference crowns.
They went to 13 bowl games over that time, including three Rose Bowl victories in four appearances. The Bruins also finished the season in the top 20 in 12 different years.
UNLV Rebels: Ron Meyer
Meyer only spent three seasons at UNLV, but went 27-8 over those years from 1973-1975. He led the Rebels to a 12-0 regular season in 1974 until an eventual loss in the Grantland Rice Bowl.
His .771 winning percentage is the best in the history of the school and only two coaches have won more games than him.
USC Trojans: John McKay
He also led USC to four national championships along the way, while coaching some outstanding players.
The Trojans went undefeated three times during his tenure and finished the season in the top 20 during each of his final 14 seasons.
Utah Utes: Ike Armstrong
Utah won 13 conference championships and only had two losing seasons.
They appeared in two bowl games during his time and had four undefeated seasons all between 1926-1930.
Utah State Aggies: Dick Romney
Romney was the head coach from 1918-1949 and over those 32 seasons, Utah State went 128-91-16. He was also the head basketball coach during most of this time.
He has nearly 30% of the wins the Utah State program has had in its history and led the team to four conference championships.
UTEP Miners: Mack Saxon
He went 66-43-9 during those 13 seasons and had three years when the team went 7-1.
In 1936, the team reached the Sun Bowl, the only bowl game they made under his watch. He also coached the basketball and baseball teams as well.
UTSA Road Runners: Larry Coker
Back in its inaugural season in 2011, the Road Runners went 4-6, and this past year posted an 8-4 mark in their first at the FBS level.
The University of Texas-San Antonio has a big name head football coach and Coker has led the team to a combined 12-10 mark in his first two seasons.
Vanderbilt Commodores: Dan McGugin
The Commodores had four undefeated seasons during his tenure and won 10 conference championships.
McGugin only suffered through one losing season while at Vanderbilt. Simply outstanding numbers.
Virginia Cavliers: George Welsh
He was in charge of Virginia from 1982-2000 and won two ACC titles, while taking Virginia to 12 bowl games.
Welsh compiled a record of 134-86-3 and finished ranked in the final AP poll in six different seasons. Virginia has not had a storied football history, but Welsh had a lot of success when he was in charge of the program.
Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer
The Hokies have been to 20 straight bowl games and have 20 straight winning seasons. Beamer has won nine conference championships over his 26 years.
While he has never won a national championship, he has finished in the top 10 in seven different seasons.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons: D.C. Walker
During his 14 seasons, he went 77-51-6 and led the Demon Deacons to two bowl games. He is the winningest head coach in the history of the school and certainly tops the list at Wake Forest.
Not much competition to even argue with this one.
Washington Huskies: Don James
He led them to a 153-57-2 record during that time and won six conference titles. The Huskies went to six Rose Bowls, winning three of them.
In all, Washington went to 14 bowl games and only had one season with less than six wins. In 1991, the Huskies were 12-0, staking claim to a national championship
Washington State Cougars: O.E. Hollingbery
He went 93-53-14 with only two losing seasons during that time. The best season during his tenure was 1930 when the Cougars went 9-1, won the Pacific Coast Conference and lost in the Rose Bowl.
That was the only season they won the conference under Hollingbery, but they also finished second on multiple occasions.
West Virginia Mountaineers: Rich Rodriguez
Rodriguez gets the slight edge, going 60-26 in his seven seasons at West Virginia. Over that span he won four Big East titles and went to a bowl game in each of his final six seasons.
West Virginia also finished in the top 10 in each of his final three years with the program.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: Jack Harbaugh
He led them to the Division I-AA National Championship in 2002, during his final season in Bowling Green.
No doubt Harbaugh helped build the program into what it is today.
Western Michigan Broncos: Al Molde
Western Michigan has had a lot of solid football coaches over the years, but never really anybody that stood out.
Al Molde is the best of the bunch as he led the Broncos from 1987-1996. Over that 10-year span they went 62-47-2 and won a MAC title.
They made a bowl game in 1988, losing in the California Bowl and finishing the season 9-3.
Wisconsin Badgers: Barry Alvarez
He finished his career with a 118-74-4 record despite having five losing seasons in his 16 at Wisconsin from 1990-2005.
Alvarez led the Badgers to three Big Ten titles and three Rose Bowl appearances, all wins, along with 11 bowl games.
He did however, fall victim to David Shaw and Stanford in the 2013 Rose Bowl as he served as interim head coach for the departed Bret Bielema.
Wyoming Cowboys: Bowden Wyatt
This was a close call between Bowden Wyatt and Lloyd Eaton with the slight edge going to Wyatt.
After back-to-back 4-5 seasons to begin his tenure at Wyoming, Wyatt finished by going 31-7-1 during his final four years at Wyoming.
From 1947-1952, the Broncos went a combined 39-17-1. From 1949-1950, they were 19-1 and won two conference championships along with a victory in the Gator Bowl in 1950 and a No. 12 AP final ranking.