It's easy to rank running backs and quarterbacks. One needs really only to look at the numbers and adjust if needed for certain circumstances.
The job is a little more difficult when trying to assess the coaches that lead these teams into hostile environments in hopes of achieving gridiron glory.
Does the team's success stem from the players or the staff preparing these young men? Do they win in spite of or because of their coaching staff?
How well do these coaches adjust to their current job? Sometimes coaches may make a name for themselves at one place before floundering at another.
That's right, Rich Rodriguez, I'm looking at you.
Does it mean the coach has forgotten what he's doing?
This list tries to assess the best coaches in the ACC heading into 2010. This means taking the following into consideration:
How well have they done at this school? Have they fit into the culture and learned how to be successful here? Have they been able to do it for more than just a few seasons?
How does their success compare to others at the school? After all, 10-win seasons at some schools are an expectation. At other schools they can get you a lifetime contract.
Are there question marks surrounding a team's success? Has the coach proven that he can win without certain marquee players or assistant coaches?
Does the person play the part of a coach? Can he recruit? Does he get teams up for the big games? Can he avoid letdowns?
There is so much to consider but only 12 coaches to rate, so let the debate begin!