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.
So without further adieu…The 2008 Top 25 College Football Coaches Rankings (Week Two Edition).
2. Urban Meyer, Florida beat Miami (FL) 26-3 (last week: 3)
3. Jim Tressel, Ohio State beat Ohio 26-14 (last week: 2)
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma beat Cincinnati 52-26 (last week: 5)
5. Nick Saban, Alabama beat Tulane 20-6 (last week: 4)
6. Les Miles, LSU BYE (last week: 6)
7. Mack Brown, Texas beat UTEP 42-13 (last week: 7)
8. Mark Richt, Georgia beat Central Michigan 56-17 (last week: 8)
9. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State beat Stanford 41-17 (last week: 9)
10. Mike Bellotti, Oregon beat Utah State 66-24 (last week: 14)
11. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn beat Southern Miss 27-13 (last week: 10)
12. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin beat Marshall 51-14 (last week: 13)
13. Gary Pinkel, Missouri beat Southeast Missouri State 52-3 (last week: 17)
14. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest beat Ole Miss 30-28 (last week: 24)
16. Skip Holtz, East Carolina beat No. 8 West Virginia 24-3 (last week: unranked)
17. Pat Hill, Fresno State BYE (last week: 18)
18. Jim Leavitt, South Florida beat Central Florida 31-24 OT (last week: 16)
19. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina lost to Vanderbilt 24-17 (last week: 11)
20. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech beat Furman 24-7 (last week: 15)
21. Mike Leach, Texas Tech beat Nevada 35-19 (last week: 25)
22. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU beat Washington 28-27 (last week: 22)
23. Mark Mangino, Kansas beat Louisiana Tech 29-0 (last week: 21)
24. Rick Nueheisel, UCLA BYE (last week: unranked)
25. Greg Schiano, Rutgers BYE (last week: 20)
On the fence: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State beat Eastern Michigan 42-10; Chris Petersen, Boise State BYE; Rich Rodriguez, Michigan beat Miami (OH) 16-6 (last week: 12); Brian Kelly, Cincinnati lost to Oklahoma 52-26 (last week: 19); Phil Fulmer, Tennessee BYE (last week: 23)
Dropped out: Rich Rodriguez, Michigan; Brian Kelly, Cincinnati; Phil Fulmer, Tennessee
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.