College Football Head Coaches: Ranking All 130 Seasons 2019

College Football Head Coaches: Ranking All 130 Seasons 2019

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College Football Head Coaches: Ranking All 130 Seasons 2019


75. Jeff Brohm, Purdue

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 12
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 61
2019 Record: 4-8

Don’t look at the 4-8. Look at how much fight the Boilermakers put up despite losing seemingly every key playmaker in the passing game as the season wore on. Even with the injuries and problems, four of the losses were by a touchdown or less, and the Wisconsin game was far more competitive than 45-24.

74. Mel Tucker, Colorado

2017 Final Coach Ranking: Not Ranked
2018 Final Coach Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 Record: 5-7

It was a first season of close, but not quite. Tucker’s Buffs dropped five straight games in the midseason, but they popped back up to beat Stanford and Washington. He has to put his stamp on the program in Year Two, but there were plenty of positive signs in Year One.

73. Chris Petersen, Washington

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 48
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 20
2019 Record: 8-5

It was a strange season. There was no excuse for Petersen’s team to lose to a wounded and inept Stanford squad, and dropping each of the other four games by a touchdown or less was different for a program that usually thrived in tight battles. However, his Dawgs blew out Washington State, and rolled by Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

72. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 118
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 90
2019 Record: 4-8

This doesn’t seem quite fair to be ranked this high with such a bad record, but for the second straight season, Tulsa didn’t have a truly bad loss. The team was good enough to shock UCF, lose to Memphis 42-41, and beat Wyoming. Being competitive has to be enough.

71. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 13
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 100
2019 Record: 7-6

That it came down to wins over Rutgers and Maryland just to get bowl eligible was just a part of the disaster. The meltdowns in losses to Arizona State and Illinois stunk, and getting obliterated by Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan wasn’t okay. However, in a total dud of a year, the team got to the Pinstripe Bowl, and beat Wake Forest.

70. Kalani Sitake, BYU

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 125
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 52
2019 Record: 7-6

It was a second straight 7-6 season, but his team was able to turn things around over the second half of the year. On a flaming hot seat after a 2-4 start, his Cougars beat Boise State, one five straight games, and everything was okay. The team rallied – even if 7-6 doesn’t seem like anything special.

69. Steve Addazio, Boston College

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 43
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 25
2019 Record: 6-7

Regular bowl appearances and decent seasons weren’t enough for Boston College. Never mind that Addazio lost his starting quarterback midway through the season and had to rely on the running the ball over and over and over again. BC got to a bowl game … and Addazio is now the head coach at Colorado State.

68. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: Not Ranked
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 34
2019 Record: 6-7

It’s not like he was given that much of a chance. His first year was terrific, and his second season – a rebuilding one – never got going with the offense sputtering too often. Even so, he pulled off six wins against a nasty schedule, got to a bowl game despite the offensive issues and the big losses on the defensive line, and … fired. He wasn’t as exciting as Mike Leach.

67. Barry Odom, Missouri

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 60
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 62
2019 Record: 6-6

Odom’s Tigers went through a second half swoon, they didn’t have a bowl game to play for, and they were hit with weird NCAA sanctions that weren’t fair. And for his troubles, he was launched, and Appalachian State’s Eli Drinkwitz comes in.

66. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 73
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 54
2019 Record: 6-7

Creighton could just never get the season going. His defense failed at odd times, there were too many close losses – it’s EMU; every game is seemingly tight – but the team almost pulled off the Quick Lane Bowl win over Pitt. It’s Eastern Michigan and it got to a bowl game. He gets graded on a curve.

65. Rod Carey, Temple

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 71
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 45
2019 Record: 8-5

So, Temple fans. You’re mad that Carey brought his bowl issues from Northern Illinois over to your program – losing 55-13 to North Carolina in the Military Bowl? He had a better year than Miami’s Manny Diaz – who had the Owl gig for a hiccup. Under Carey, Temple handed Memphis its only regular season loss and beat Georgia Tech and Maryland.

64. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 130
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 25
2019 Record: 8-5

Yeah, the schedule was a killer with LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Auburn to deal with, but A&M is supposed to be good enough under Fisher to start winning the big ones. 8-5 wasn’t bad, but there weren’t any surprises or upsets.

63. Jonathan Smith, Oregon

2017 Final Coach Ranking: Not Ranked
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 84
2019 Record: 5-7

It was a solid Year Two, taking the team from a 2-10 first season to five wins with a few stunners over Cal and Arizona. Missing out on a bowl game wasn’t necessarily okay – losing at Hawaii early on turned out to be a killer – but it was a three-win improvement.

62. Brent Brennan, San Jose State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 109
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 123
2019 Record: 5-7

After nothing happened in his first two seasons, it all started to come together with a few great performances and some actual hope for the first time in a long while. Missing out on six wins and bowl game hurt – there were never two wins in a row – but the program got to finally have some fun.

61. Tom Herman, Texas

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 116
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 12
2019 Record: 8-5

The blowout win over Utah in the Alamo Bowl helped … a lot. Give Herman and the team credit for closing strong in an otherwise lost season. There were too many injuries, too many inconsistent performances, and too many misfires. It wasn’t what anyone wanted after the great 2018, but again, 38-10 over Utah. That’s going to make for a hopeful offseason.

60. Doc Holliday, Marshall

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 51
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 56
2019 Record: 8-5

It was a bad finish with a blowout bowl loss to UCF, but before that the Thundering Herd overcame a rocky first part of the season to kick it all in with great wins over Florida Atlantic, WKU and Louisiana Tech.

59. Willie Fritz, Tulane

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 67
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 67
2019 Record: 7-6

It all started out so well, and it all almost ended so badly. His Green Wave didn’t beat anyone who was any good, but it got out to a great start, lost five of its last six regular season games, and rolled an injured Southern Miss team in the Armed Forces Bowl. So why so high? His the play calls at the end of the Houston win were masterful. They defined the season for both programs.

58. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 85
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 24
2019 Record: 8-5

Here’s the weird thing. Pitt didn’t go to the ACC Championship like it did in 2018, but it had a better year – it helped to get a mediocre Eastern Michigan team in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Panthers won eight games, but they had a painful way of playing almost exactly to the level of the competition.

57. Herm Edwards, Arizona State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: Not Ranked
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 28
2019 Record: 8-5

This is a wee bit of a gift-ranking considering his team hit a brutal second-half skid that was only saved by the thrilling win over Oregon. Whatever … his team beat Arizona, won the Sun Bowl over Florida State, and it ruined Oregon’s CFP dream.

56. Lance Leipold, Buffalo

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 39
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 50
2019 Record: 8-5

After losing almost all of his stars on offense, Leipold was able to readjust enough to put together a fantastic season with a bowl win. However, the collapse against Kent State ruined what would’ve been a seven-game – maybe more – winning streak to close things out, and cost the team a shot at the MAC title.

55. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 54
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 30
2019 Record: 9-4

Does any coach get hammered on more for what he doesn’t do more than Harbaugh? Okay, so he really can’t beat the biggest of big teams, but his Wolverines never, ever quit. It could’ve gone in the tank after the Penn State loss, but it roared back with a 45-14 blasting of Notre Dame. However … 56-27 Ohio State.

54. Matt Campbell, Iowa State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 7
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 27
2019 Record: 7-6

It was supposed to be a bit of a rebuilding year, but the Big 12 was down and the Cyclones weren’t able to take advantage of it. The bar is set higher now at Iowa State, but it’s still Iowa State – any bowl season is a good one, even if it ended with the team not getting off the bus in the 33-9 Camping World clunker against Notre Dame.

53. Clay Helton, USC

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 37
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 129
2019 Record: 8-5

Does this seem a bit high? You lose your starting quarterback out of the gate and play around with a third-stringer or most of the year. The offense rocked, but 8-5 is never, ever going to be okay at USC. At least he beat UCLA this year.

52. Lovie Smith, Illinois

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 92
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 113
2019 Record: 6-7

On the one hand, Lovie got Illinois to a bowl. On the other hand, it really only had two amazing fourth quarters to get there. Wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State were wins no matter what, but the offense went bye-bye to finish up the losing campaign.

51. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

2017 Final Coach Ranking: 18
2018 Final Coach Ranking: 66
2019 Record: 8-5

It was an okay year, but not an amazing one considering Gundy got a 2,000-yard season out of RB Chuba Hubbard. The defense clunked way too often, the offense didn’t do much in the loss to Oklahoma, and the Texas Bowl loss to Texas A&M. Like the 2018 team, this one wasn’t consistent enough.

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