Most Clutch College Football Head Coaches

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Most Clutch College Football Head Coaches
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What makes a football coach clutch?

That's a good question.

For players, it is obvious. We get to see them perform, tangibly, on the biggest stages, with the most on the line, and witness how fazed they are. Some players step up when the game is the closest, and others shrink from the spotlight.

For coaches, the terms are not as obvious. For the purposes of this list, then, two things were taken into primary account: record in one-score games (how each team performs in crunch time) and record in the biggest games (how each team performs on grand stages).

Having said that, though, the records in those scenarios weren't the only aspect considered. Context was considered as well. Auburn's Gus Malzahn, for example, won two huge games in crunch time last season against Georgia and Alabama. But the plays that won him those games—one a Hail Mary, one a field-goal return—were not necessarily examples of expert coaching. They just sort of…happened.

That's not to say Malzahn is poor in the clutch. He is one of the best overall coaches in the country, and he might well prove himself its best clutch coach in time. Two years into his head-coaching career, however, he does not have the track record of some of his peers in the profession.

That is what this list sought to find.

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