AUBURN, Ala. — The difference between a Gus Malzahn-coached Auburn team and one without him at the helm is, well, staggering, according to a study.
Bill Connelly of Football Study Hall developed a way to weigh actual wins vs. win expectations, and the effect coaches have on that win total. Gus Malzahn is near the top of the list of overachievers, accounting for nearly a one game improvement each season in his four seasons as a head coach (three at Auburn and one at Arkansas State).
Malzahn is tied with Kansas State’s Bill Snyder for second nationally with a win change of 0.94, according to the study.
Former Kentucky coach Rich Brooks, LSU coach Les Miles, former Florida coach Urban Meyer and former Auburn coach Gene Chizik (0.48) are also listed among the top 25 overachievers on the list.
Malzahn is 36-16 in four years as a college head coach, including a 12-2 record and SEC title during his first year at Auburn in 2013.