Top 10 Active Coaches in College Football

Dusty FloydCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2008

The level of coaches in college football is just phenomenal. This article will point out some of the best. Some attributes that helped coaches make this list are football smarts, recruiting, and player progression.

If I had made these rankings after Week One, I would've included Rick Neuheisel, but that idea dropped quickly after a 59-0 loss to BYU and Bronco Mendenhall, who is included in this ranking of the top 10 best current college football coaches.


1. Les Miles, LSU

Everybody knows how gutsy Les Miles is and how much it has worked for him in the past. He led LSU to an SEC championship and a national championship even with two losses. He showed how aggressive he can be after kicking an onside kick in the third quarter Saturday night against Auburn, which ended up giving LSU the momentum and the win.


2. Chris Peterson, Boise State

Peterson will always be remembered for his great game against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta bowl. It was one of the greatest games in college football history, all because of the great play calling of Chris Peterson. Oh yeah, did I mention that he has helped Boise State to the best record in the past decade?


3. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

I just can't put Bob Stoops ahead of Chris Peterson after he just got outcoached and outsmarted by Peterson in the 2007 Fiesta bowl. However, he did take Oklahoma to the national championship game in 2000 and 2003, winning in 2000.


4. Urban Meyer, Florida

Urban Meyer has been a big influence on Tim Tebow and how much he has improved from year to year. That helped him to his success in 2006, when he won it all.


5. Joe Paterno, Penn State

Joe Pa has proved that he's still one of the best after Penn State has smashed every team they've faced so far in 2008, leading the Nittany Lions to a solid 4-0 record.


6. Jim Tressel, Ohio State

Jim Tressel has helped his Buckeyes make it to the last two championship games. If he had managed to not let his team get blown out so badly, this ranking would be much higher. Don't forget about when he won it back in 2002 against Miami though.


7. Nick Saban, Alabama

After winning the championship with LSU in 2003, he came to Alabama after being offered a multimillion dollar contract in 2007. He has turned the Alabama program around and turned the Tide into big contenders for the SEC championship this year.


8. Pete Carroll, USC

Many people would argue that he needs to be higher, but most of the reason that USC is good is the amazing players that they always bring in. Pete Carroll needs to do better at getting his team ready for the small games that have slipped by them in the past, such as Stanford and Oregon State from the last two years.


9. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

When Virginia Tech brought Frank Beamer into their school in 1987, the program was introduced to "Beamerball." He has done a terrific job with special teams and has turned this Virginia Tech program into a feared team.


10. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU

BYU has done great in their first four games, which has pushed them up to a number 11 ranking. A big part of that has been their stellar coach, Bronco Mendenhall, who has made this team seem like they should belong in a BCS conference.


Here are five other coaches that I couldn't find room for on my list.

11. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt

12. Skip Holtz, East Carolina

13. Mark Richt, Georgia

14. Gary Patterson, TCU

15. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin


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