To view pre-season week one of these rankings click here.
The recent release of the 2008 USA Today Coaches Poll got me thinking. Why do the coaches get to vote for the best team, but the players don't get to vote for the best coach?
I would love to see a weekly ranking of the best coaches in college football today. Sure it doesn't make much sense in the grand scheme of things, but it sure is interesting.
So, I've decided that this college football season there will be a Top 25 for coaches. Sure it is purely subjective at the beginning of the season (much like the other polls), but as the season moves forward so will the poll.
It will work much like the other weekly polls…you lose, you drop. A win over another ranked coach counts for more than a win over an un-ranked coach, and well…you get the idea.
How did I choose the pre-season top 25? Like the other polls the decisions were based on the coaches reputation, their success last season, and a perceived expectation of what they could accomplish this season.
Movement in the rankings from week one to week two are based on reader comments.
So without further adieu…The 2008 Top 25 College Football Coaches Rankings (Pre-season week 2 edition).
1. Pete Carroll, USC (Pac-10)
2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State (Big Ten)
3. Urban Meyer, Florida (SEC)
4. Nick Saban, Alabama (SEC)
5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (Big XII)
6. Les Miles, LSU (SEC)
7. Mack Brown, Texas (Big XII)
8. Mark Richt, Georgia (SEC)
9. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan (Big Ten)
10. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State (Pac-10)
11. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (ACC)
12. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn (SEC)
13. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin (Big Ten)
14. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina (SEC)
15. Mike Bellotti, Oregon (Pac-10)
16. Jim Leavitt, South Florida (Big East)
17. Greg Schiano, Rutgers (Big East)
18. Phil Fulmer, Tennessee (SEC)
19. Pat Hill, Fresno State (WAC)
20. Gary Pinkel, Missouri (Big XII)
21. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State (Big Ten)
22. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati (Big East)
23. Tommy Bowden, Clemson (ACC)
24. Mark Mangino, Kansas (Big XII)
25. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU (Mountain West)
Others Receiving Votes: Jim Grobe, Wake Forest (ACC), Mike Riley, Oregon State (Pac-10), Mike Leach, Texas Tech (Big XII), Joe Paterno, Penn State (Big Ten), Chris Petersen, Boise State (WAC)
Dropped out: Charlie Weis, Notre Dame (Independent)
The College Football Coaches Rankings will be released each Monday. Your comments will help me shape the rankings each week, so comment and comment often.