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 Three Edition).
1. Pete Carroll, USC beat Ohio State 35-3 (last week: 1)
2. Urban Meyer, Florida BYE (last week: 2)
3. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma beat Washington 55-14 (last week: 4)
4. Nick Saban, Alabama beat Western Kentucky 41-7 (last week: 5)
5. Les Miles, LSU beat North Texas 41-3 (last week: 6)
6. Mack Brown, Texas BYE (last week: 7)
7. Mark Richt, Georgia beat South Carolina 14-7 (last week: 8)
8. Jim Tressel, Ohio State lost to USC 35-3 (last week: 3)
9. Gary Pinkel, Missouri beat Nevada 69-17 (last week: 13)
10. Mike Bellotti, Oregon beat Purdue 32-26 (last week: 10)
11. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn beat Mississippi State 3-2 (last week: 11)
12. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin beat Fresno State 13-10 (last week: 12)
13. Joe Paterno, Penn State beat Syracuse 55-13 (last week: 15)
14. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest BYE (last week: 14)
15. Skip Holtz, East Carolina beat Tulane 28-24 (last week: 16)
16. Jim Leavitt, South Florida beat Kansas 37-34 (last week: 18)
17. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU beat UCLA 59-0 (last week: 22)
18. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State lost to UNLV 23-20 (last week: 9)
19. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 20-17 (last week: 20)
20. Mike Leach, Texas Tech beat Southern Methodist 43-7 (last week: 21)
21. Pat Hill, Fresno State lost to Wisconsin 13-10 (last week: 17)
22. Chris Petersen, Boise State beat Bowling Green 20-7 (last week: unranked)
23. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State beat Florida Atlantic 17-0 (last week: unranked)
24. Rich Brooks, Kentucky beat Middle Tennessee 20-14 (last week: unranked)
25. Bo Pelini, Nebraska beat New Mexico State 38-7 (last week: unranked)
On the fence: Jeff Tedford, Cal; Brady Hoke, Ball State; Brian Kelly, Cincinnati; Phil Fulmer, Tennessee; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Dropped out: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Mark Mangino, Kansas; Rick Nueheisel, UCLA; Greg Schiano, Rutgers
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.