College coaches are rated on wins, championships, even their salaries are tracked down to the penny. Every one of them falls somewhere on a much-ballyhooed ranking system that we all buy into somehow.
ESPN College Football Insider Brett McMurphy asked a group of college coaches who they thought was the most prepared college football coach. He distributed the results on Saturday when he tweeted his top five coaches ranked by preparedness. Who’s got the best plan, who adapts better, and which coach has the best process (yes, that’s a clue)?
Here’s McMurphy’s list:
- Nick Saban, Alabama
- Urban Meyer, Ohio State
- Bill Snyder, Kansas State
- Ken Niumatalol, Navy
- Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Alabama may lose a game here or there (the Crimson Tide have only dropped 10 games over their last six seasons), but it’s extremely rare to watch Saban’s team play and think that his game plan was wrong, or that he got out-coached. Outside of the 2013 Iron Bowl where Gus Malzahn one-upped Saban late in the game, there haven’t been too many instances where the Alabama coach wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.
Ask the then-eighth-ranked Bulldogs in Athens, Ga. who thought they had a shot at taking down the Crimson Tide on Oct. 3. UGA go thumped, 38-10.
Texas A&M was ranked ninth in the country and hosted Saban’s Tide on Oct. 17. The Aggies had momentum, but Alabama had the better mind at the helm and tore up the home team, 41-23.
Anyone think Saban didn’t get the best of Les Miles’ LSU Tigers on Nov. 7?
No coach wins every game. But Saban puts himself, and his team, in a better position to do so than anyone else in college football. His 100-18 record with the Crimson Tide speaks for itself.