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Winning the Big One: The Top 12 Current Big Game Coaches of the BCS Era

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Winning the Big One: The Top 12 Current Big Game Coaches of the BCS Era

Who is really the best when it comes to the big game? Perhaps applying a formula to the records of the top names in the college coaching ranks will make it easy to tell.

The records of each coach in question going back to 1998 (the first year of the BCS) will be examined. Their records in BCS bowl games, other bowl games, and in contests against their top two rivals will be weighted equally. The three winning percentages will be averaged to determine the "Big Game Winning Percentage" or "BGWP."

Coaches must have taken a team to at least one BCS bowl game to merit consideration. However, all their seasons at the FBS level will be included in their scores, even if one of the schools they coached at did not make a BCS bowl. Conference championship games are not considered, as the championship game doesn't exist in all conferences. However, if the school played one of their two rivals in the championship, it does count towards rivalry game statistics.

Finally, coaches must have been at a school through the 2009 season, even if they won't be returning. Breaks (or trips to the NFL) don't disqualify a coach from consideration, but being out of coaching in 2009 does. For example, Pete Carroll is included, but Tommy Tuberville is not.

May the best coach win.

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