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 Four Edition).
1. Pete Carroll, USC BYE (last week: 1)
2. Urban Meyer, Florida beat Tennessee 30-6 (last week: 2)
3. Les Miles, LSU beat No. 10 Auburn 26-21 (last week: 5)
4. Nick Saban, Alabama beat Arkansas 49-14 (last week: 4)
5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma BYE (last week: 3)
6. Mack Brown, Texas beat Rice 52-10 (last week: 6)
7. Mark Richt, Georgia beat Arizona State 27-10 (last week: 7)
8. Jim Tressel, Ohio State beat Troy 28-10 (last week: 8)
9. Gary Pinkel, Missouri beat Buffalo 42-21 (last week: 9)
10. Joe Paterno, Penn State beat Temple 45-3 (last week: 13)
11. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest beat No. 24 Florida State 12-3 (last week: 14)
12. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin BYE (last week: 12)
13. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn Lost to No. 6 LSU 26-21 (last week: 11)
14. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU beat Wyoming 44-0 (last week: 17)
15. Mike Bellotti, Oregon lost to Boise State 37-32 (last week: 10)
16. Jim Leavitt, South Florida beat Florida International 17-9 (last week: 16)
17. Mike Leach, Texas Tech beat Massachusetts 56-14 (last week: 20)
18. Chris Petersen, Boise State beat No. 17 Oregon 37-32 (last week: 22)
19. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech beat North Carolina 20-17 (last week: 19)
20. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State lost to No. 3 Georgia 27-10 (last week: 18)
21. Pat Hill, Fresno State beat Toledo 55-54 (last week: 21)
22. Skip Holtz, East Carolina lost to NC State 30-24 (last week: 15)
23. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State beat Notre Dame 23-7 (last week: 23)
24. Rich Brooks, Kentucky BYE (last week: 24)
25. Bo Pelini, Nebraska BYE (last week: 25)
On the fence: Brady Hoke, Ball State; Jeff Tedford, Cal; Brian Kelly, Cincinnati; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Gary Patterson, TCU
Dropped out: N/A