College Football: The Most Successful Coaches of the BCS Era

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IFebruary 22, 2011

College Football: The Most Successful Coaches Of the BCS Era

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide congratulates head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators after the Gators 31-20 win in the SEC Championship on December 6, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by
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    With the 2010 college football season in the books, it's fun to look back at not only last season, but past seasons as well.

    Since the emergence of the BCS, there have been some really great coaches and programs. Many of these coaches have led their teams to BCS Bowl games and even better, BCS National Championships.

    With this said, these are the most successful coaches of the BCS Era so far.

11. Phil Fulmer

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    KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 03:  Head Coach Phillip Fulmer  of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Erik Ainge #10 over the Louisiana Lafayette Cajuns during the second quarter at Neyland Stadium on November 3, 2007 in Knoxville,
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    Phil Fulmer won the first ever BCS Championship game in 1998, when his Tennessee Volunteers defeated Florida State. 

    Fulmer led his team to four SEC Championship games in the BCS era, but unfortunately, he lost three of them. 

    Fulmer is known as an amazing recruiter, and analysts praised him as one of the game's best. 

    Fulmer's record in the BCS era was 98-41 with a .705 winning percentage. He led Tennessee to two BCS Bowl games and one National Championship game. However Fulmer was dismissed at the end of a very disappointing 2008 season.

10. Les Miles

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies 41-24 during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Grayth
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    Although Les Miles struggled in his first season with Oklahoma State in 2001, going 4-7, he then led the Cowboys to three straight bowl games for the first time since 1983-85.

    Les Miles was then offered the coaching job at LSU. In Miles' first four seasons with LSU, he managed to win four Bowl games, one of them being the BCS National Championship game in 2008. In four of the six seasons with LSU, Miles led his team to at least 11 wins.

    In the BCS era, Miles is 90-38 with a .703 winning percentage. He has also made it to two BCS Bowl games and one BCS National Championship game.

9. Chris Petersen

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Chris Petersen of the Boise State Broncos celebrates after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 17-10 during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo b
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    Although Petersen has only been coaching for a few years, he has lead Boise State to two BCS Bowl games. In Petersen's first season, he led the Broncos to their first ever BCS Bowl game. 

    In this game, the Boise State Broncos defeated Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. This was only the second non-BCS school to make it to a BCS Bowl game. 

    Petersen has an astonishing record as a head coach at 61-5 (.924 winning percentage). In addition to appearing in the two BCS Bowl games, he has two undefeated seasons on his resume. 

    Although he has been coaching for a very short time, he has had a great amount of success. 

8. Frank Beamer

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Frank Beamer of the Virginia Tech Hokies waves to fans as he celebrates winning the ACC Championship 44-33 at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Gett
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    Frank Beamer came into a very unsuccessful Virginia Tech program and turned it into a perennially ranked team. He has led the Hokies to 13 straight Bowl games in the BCS era.

    While coaching Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer has been to five BCS Bowl games and has compiled a 130-39 record, with a .769 winning percentage.

    Year after year, the Hokies are in the top 25 and this success is because of Beamer. Virginia Tech reached one BCS Championship game, but fell to the Florida State Seminoles.

7. Bobby Bowden

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles is carried off the field by his players after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 at Jacksonville Municipal
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    Bobby Bowden led the Seminoles to a victory in the second BCS National Championship game, over the aforementioned Hookies. In the BCS era he led the Seminoles to a bowl game every season that he coached.

    In these seasons, Bowden had a record of 108-46 with a .701 winning percentage. Bowden coached in six BCS Bowl games, but the National Championship victory is his only triumph of the six.  

6. Mack Brown

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    HOUSTON - DECEMBER 3:  Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns holds up roses after a 70-3 win against the Colorado Buffaloes during the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship on December 3, 2005 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martin
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    Mack Brown's record in the BCS era is 133-34, which is a .796 winning percentage. In this era, he has led Texas to four BCS Bowl games and a victory in the National Championship in 2005. 

    Mack's Texas teams were ranked in the AP poll for 162 consecutive weeks, dating from 2000-2010. Even more impressive, his Texas teams were ranked in the Coach's Poll for 192 consecutive weeks.

5. Bob Stoops

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Bob Stoops has a Gatorade bucket dumped on him by Eric Mensik #69 late in the fourth quarter before the Sooners 48-20 victory against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoe
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    Since 1999, Bob Stoops has led the Oklahoma Sooners to eight BCS Bowl games. He has reached four the National Championship games, a record, but only won the 2000 edition.

    Stoop's Sooners have dominated the Big 12 with seven conference titles during this time period.

    He is 6-6 in bowl games and has a 129-31 record, with a .806 winning percentage.

4. Nick Saban

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his players after their 32-13 win against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevi
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    What makes Nick Saban so successful is the fact that he has two National Championships on his resume (one with LSU, one with Alabama). He has appeared in four BCS games, going 3-1 in those contests.

    What is so amazing about Saban is he has coached for three different teams in the BCS era and has had success with all three teams (Michigan State, LSU and Alabama).

    Saban has compiled a record of 106-35 with a .751 winning percentage in the BCS era.

3. Pete Carroll

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    SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans celebrates after defeating the Boston College Eagles during the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park on December 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Put aside the sketchy outings, Pete Carroll accomplished so much with USC. If it wasn't for the off the field issues surrounding his program, he would be the most successful coach in the BCS era.

    Carroll managed to have seven consecutive Associated Press top-four finishes, a national record 33 consecutive weeks as number one in the AP Poll, five BCS Bowl wins, 63 straight 20-point victories, four top-five recruiting classes, and so much more.

    Stats alone, Carroll can easily be considered the most successful coach in the BCS era. Carroll was 83-19 at USC. He made it to seven BCS Bowl games and won two National Championships.  

2. Jim Tressel

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/G
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    Although Jim Tressel only has one BCS Championship on his belt, he led two other teams to the National Championship as well. Not to mention, he has made it to eight BCS Bowl games and six in a row.

    In those BCS Bowl games, Tressel is 6-2, with two of those loses being in BCS Championship games.

    For Ohio State, Tressel is 106-22 with a .828 winning percentage. He has also won seven Big Ten Titles.

1. Urban Meyer

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators leaves the field after play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    In the span of four years, Urban Meyer managed to go from Bowling Green, to Utah, to the Florida Gators. He has had success with each of these universities.

    Meyer coached Utah to an undefeated season in 2004. This Utah team was the first team in a non-BCS conference to make a BCS Bowl game.

    Meyer has coached in four BCS Bowl games and has won them all. Two of these games were BCS National Championships, both victories for his Gators.

    In terms of success, Meyer is the most successful coach in the BCS era. Meyer's record as a college coach was 104-23 with an astonishing .819 winning percentage. Meyer was also 7-1 in bowl games.

    A lot of people may argue Meyer being at the top, but with the amount that Meyer has accomplished, with only ten seasons as a head coach, is very impressive. Although he didn't quite leave at the top, after struggling in 2010, however much time he decides to take off is quite deserved.