The release of the 2008 edition of the 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 unranked 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.
So without further adieu…The 2008 Top 25 College Football Coaches Rankings (Week One Edition).
1. Pete Carroll, USC beat Virginia 52-7 (last week: 1)
2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State beat Youngstown State 43-0 (last week: 2)
3. Urban Meyer, Florida beat Hawaii 56-10 (last week: 3)
4. Nick Saban, Alabama beat No.9 Clemson 34-10 (last week: 4)
5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma beat Chattanooga 57-2 (last week: 5)
6. Les Miles, LSU beat Appalachian State 41-13 (last week: 6)
7. Mack Brown, Texas beat Florida Atlantic 52-10 (last week: 7)
8. Mark Richt, Georgia beat Georgia Southern 45-21 (last week: 8)
9. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State beat Northern Arizona 30-13 (last week: 10)
10. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn beat Louisiana-Monroe 34-0 (last week: 12)
11. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina beat NC State 34-0 (last week: 14)
12. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan lost to Utah 25-23 (last week: 9)
13. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin beat Akron 38-17 (last week: 13)
14. Mike Bellotti, Oregon beat Washington 44-10 (last week: 15)
15. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech lost to East Carolina 27-22 (last week: 11)
16. Jim Leavitt, South Florida beat Tennessee-Martin 56-7 (last week: 16)
17. Gary Pinkel, Missouri beat No. 20 Illinois 52-42 (last week: 20)
18. Pat Hill, Fresno State beat Rutgers 24-7 (last week: 19)
19. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati beat Eastern Kentucky 40-7 (last week: 22)
20. Greg Schiano, Rutgers lost to Fresno State 24-7 (last week: 17)
21. Mark Mangino, Kansas beat Florida International 40-10 (last week: 24)
22. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU beat Northern Iowa 41-17 (last week: 25)
23. Phil Fulmer, Tennessee lost to UCLA 27-24 (last week: 18)
24. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest beat Baylor 41-13 (last week: unranked)
25. Mike Leach, Texas Tech beat Eastern Washington 49-24 (last week: unranked)
Others Receiving Votes: Joe Paterno, Penn State beat Coastal Carolina 66-10, Chris Petersen, Boise State beat Idaho State 49-7, Rick Nueheisel, UCLA beat Tennessee 27-24, Mark Dantonio, Michigan State lost to California 38-31 (last week: 21), Skip Holtz, East Carolina beat No. 17 Virginia Tech
Dropped out: Tommy Bowden, Clemson; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
The College Football Coaches Ranking will be released every Monday. Your comments will help me shape the rankings each week, so comment and comment often.
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