2018 Final Ranking Of All 130 Head Coaches: How Good Were Their Seasons?

2018 Final Ranking Of All 130 Head Coaches: How Good Were Their Seasons?

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2018 Final Ranking Of All 130 Head Coaches: How Good Were Their Seasons?


75. Seth Littrell, North Texas

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 36
2018 Record: 9-4

It’s hard to argue too much with a nine-win season, but all the victories came against teams that didn’t go bowling. His team should’ve won the Conference USA title, or at least played for the championship, and it should’ve been a whole lot better than a 52-10 loss – even with an injured quarterback – to Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl.

74. Tom Allen, Indiana

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 77
2018 Record: 5-7

After starting 3-0 and 4-1, not going bowling hurt. The Hoosiers lost six of their last seven games, and for the second straight year, dropped the bowl-or-go-home game to Purdue.

73. Chuck Martin, Miami University

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 104
2018 Record: 6-6

It was a bad break to not go bowling with a 6-6 season, but Martin’s team showed fight winning three straight to get eligible. It’s not like the RedHawks beat a slew of lightweights late – they got by Ohio and eventual MAC champ Northern Illinois.

72. Tim Lester, Western Michigan

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 100
2018 Record: 7-6

It might not have seemed like much, and there were losses in four of the last five games, but the Broncos at least came up with seven wins and went bowling. They got blown out by BYU, but it was a one-win improvement.

71. Jay Hopson, Southern Miss

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 58
2018 Record: 6-5

While he hasn’t been able to get the Golden Eagles into Conference USA championship range, he was able to rally them late with three wins in the final four games to finish with a winning season. However, losing close games to ULM and Charlotte was unacceptable.

70. Blake Anderson, Arkansas State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 61
2018 Record: 8-5

For the second straight season, Anderson’s Red Wolves were good enough to win the Sun Belt title, and didn’t. However, they managed to win four straight late in the season before dropping a heartbreaking bowl loss to Nevada.

69. Matt Viator, ULM

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 97
2018 Record: 6-6

All things considered, it wasn’t a bad job. With a mediocre defense, it was going to be a fight to get to a winning season, but his Warhawks got to 6-6. Forget the bad break of not getting a bowl bid – six wins isn’t bad for this program.

68. Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 82
2018 Record: 8-5

A defense? Yeah, Holtz’s Bulldog teams had a few great offensive seasons, but the defense was fantastic. There was an inexcusable loss to WKU at home, but the blowout win over Hawaii in the bowl made up for it.

67. Willie Fritz, Tulane

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 67
2018 Record: 7-6

There might not have been a whole slew of strong wins, but after a 2-5 start, Fritz rallied the Green Wave with five wins in the final six games including a tight battle to beat Navy to get bowling, and a great victory over Louisiana in the Cure Bowl. It was a good step forward.

66. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 18
2018 Record: 7-6

It might have been a bit of a rebuilding year offensively, but the O wasn’t a problem – for the most part. However, the team that shocked Texas and West Virginia, and almost beat Oklahoma, didn’t get off the bus in awful blowout losses to mediocre Texas Tech and Kansas State teams. The team wasn’t consistent.

65. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 80
2018 Record: 7-6

He got the program back to a bowl after missing out in 2017, but there were just enough hiccups to keep it from being a great year. From the 1-3 start, to the home loss to Duke, to the 34-10 stomping to Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl, Johnson’s team had a solid year, but it wasn’t consistent enough.

64. Bryan Harsin, Boise State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 33
2018 Record: 8-5

The bar is set a whole lot higher. Did Harsin have a home game to win the Mountain West title? Yup. Did the Broncos win it? Nope. The ten wins were nice, and the bowl game fiasco – the SERVPRO First Responders was cancelled – was unfortunate, but either you win the conference championship at Boise State, or you don’t.

63. Geoff Collins, Temple

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 49
2018 Record: 8-5

He did a good enough coaching job to get Georgia Tech to snag him. The Owls might have lost to Villanova and Buffalo to start, but they tweaked up the offense and roared to an 8-2 run the rest of the way before Collins bailed.

62. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee

2017 Final Coach Ranking: Not Ranked
2018 Record: 5-7
No, Tennessee didn’t go bowling and finished with a losing season. Yes, there needed to be a total overhaul done. No, Pruitt’s team didn’t get the job done in the go-bowling-or-go-home loss to Vanderbilt. Yes, the Vols beat Auburn on the road and rocked Kentucky. And yes, Pruitt gave the program hope.

61. Jeff Brohm, Purdue

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 12
2018 Record: 6-7

Purdue going bowling can’t be taken for granted, but the team shot itself in the foot against Northwestern, and totally gagged away the Eastern Michigan and Wisconsin losses. Closing out with three losses in the last four – including the 63-14 Music City Bowl to Auburn – was a disaster, but at least Brohm got the team there by ruining Indiana’s season.

60. Barry Odom, Missouri

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 62
2018 Record: 8-5

Put this relatively low ranking on the bowl loss to Oklahoma State. Odom was able to pull off a win at Florida, and the losses were acceptable – especially against Alabama and Georgia – but he had the better team in the Liberty against the Cowboys.

59. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 26
2018 Record: 7-6

Just when it it seemed like the season was all but lost with a 4-5 start, Clawson and his team were able to pull off something amazing. It not only beat NC State, it did it on the road, and when it had to beat Duke to go bowling, it came up with a 59-7 stomping on the road. The bowl win over Memphis turned the season into something excellent.

58. Gary Patterson, TCU

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 16
2018 Record: 7-6

The record might not have been anything great after playing in the Big 12 Championship the year before, but he lost his starting quarterback, the offense had nothing, and yet the team still found a way to win four of its last five games.

57. Mario Cristobal, Oregon

2017 Final Coach Ranking: Not Ranked
2018 Record: 9-4

Cristobal did his best job at the very end of the season. His recruiting run was special, and he won the last three games, including a total destruction of Oregon State and a bowl win over Michigan State. However, the total gag against Stanford and the blowout loss at Arizona ruined what could’ve and should’ve been a Pac-12 Championship campaign.

56. Doc Holliday, Marshall

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 51
2018 Record: 9-4

There were a whole lot of wins over a whole lot of bad teams, but the loss to Southern Miss became devastating for the Conference USA title dreams. Even so, nine wins with a dominant bowl victory made it a terrific run.

55. Frank Solich, Ohio

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 65
2018 Record: 9-4

Miami University 30, Ohio 28. For the second straight season, the Bobcats lost one game they shouldn’t, and it cost them a shot at the MAC title. However, Solich’s team was relaxed, prepared, and showed up large in a total domination against San Diego State in the Frisco Bowl.

54. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 73
2018 Record: 7-6

Eastern Michigan went to a bowl game. Yeah, it lost, but just getting there is still a really, really big deal for the program. Talk about heart, Creighton’s Eagles lost four straight all by a touchdown or less, and roared back to win five of its last six to go bowling.

53. Nick Rolovich, Hawaii

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 108
2018 Record: 8-6

It might not have been a dominant year, and there was a big lull in the middle of the campaign, but he made the change back to the run-and-shoot offense on the way to eight wins. It all seems like it’s just getting started now.

52. Kalani Sitake, BYU

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 125
2018 Record: 7-6

After a total disaster of a 2017, his team shocked Wisconsin, beat Arizona, and got to a bowl game and won in a walk. Now the consistency has to come – and with a little more offense, too.

51. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 69
2018 Record: 8-4

It was a good coaching season. It should’ve been great – West Virginia didn’t play in the Big 12 Championship, and it should’ve. After starting 8-1, the Mountaineers lost their last three games, including the Camping World Bowl after Holgorsen made the movies-to-TV career move to Houston.

NEXT: 2018 Coach Season Rankings: No. 26-50


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