Top 10 College Football Coaches List: Early Season Surprises Cause Movement

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Top 10 College Football Coaches List: Early Season Surprises Cause Movement
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Trying to decide the top 10 coaches in college football is more an art than a science.  A coach might be a great fit for one school, but a terrible fit for another.

One coach might excel at recruiting, while being average at best at maximizing the talents of his players.  Dave Wannstedt would be in this category.  Another coach might be a mediocre recruiter or struggle with recruiting due to the school's reputation or size, while making the most of the talent he's got. 

You have to measure a coach based on what the expectation should be for a given school based on their student body, fanbase, and facilities.

When factoring in all considerations, this is my top 10 list of coaches from 10 to one.  There is some movement here based on the early season with some coaches moving up, while others have slid out of these rankings. 

There are plenty of other coaches who perhaps deserve to be here, but either don't have quite the body of work yet to make the case or are coming up just a little short.  A few who bear watching are Nebraska's Bo Pelini, Oregon's Chip Kelly, Nevada's Chris Ault, Air Force's Troy Calhoun, and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly. 

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