My top ten coaches for this year’s college football season.
1. Chris Petersen, Boise State
Petersen has Boise going for another undefeated season now only if they could bump into the national title game would it top it all off. He has turned this team around especially the underrated defense. This team who plays in the weaker WAC conference can compete with anybody as they did when they beat OU in the Fiesta Bowl a few years back. I doubt they get to play in the national title this year but if they keep it up like this, Boise could have a shot in the near future.
2. Gary Patterson, TCU
Patterson has done a great job at TCU by thriving with speed on defense in the 4-2-5. TCU’s defense has shown they are capable of matching up with almost anyone they play. The question has always been QB play but so far this year Patterson has helped Dalton become a quality quarterback. TCU could very well be playing in the national title thanks to great coaching and schemes by Patterson and his staff.
3. Nick Saban, Alabama
Nick Saban not only wins football games but usually wins the recruiting battle as well. Saban is known for great defenses and this year has been the very same result. Yes he has lost two games but in the South Carolina game, the Gamecocks made two to three tough plays that ended up leading to their victory. It could have easily been a close game if it wasn’t for those great catches by Alshon Jeffery. Besides that, Saban is stocking up with even more blue chip defensive recruits with next year’s class which could lead to a very strong defense for the Crimson Tide to come.
4. Chip Kelly, Oregon
Kelly has this team steam rolling to the national title game out of the Pac 10, which is usually won by USC. Kelly has done a great job of working the zone read and getting his team to buy into his system. Now if he can only get the defense on track then we could be saying Oregon Ducks 2011 national champs.
5. Jim Tressel, Ohio State
Ohio State seems to always make into the top ten. A lot of that has to go to Tressel and the way he prepares his team. Not only does he stick to the run game but he loves big time playmakers on defense. Yes he does have the conservative style of play and likes to play field position but you really can’t complain with the way he has been winning consistently in the Big 10 or 11.
6. Gene Chizik, Auburn
Aggressive gang tackling defenses is what Chizik coaches which has put Auburn at #1 in the nation. He has Auburn playing smart and aggressive defense just as he did when he was coaching at Texas. The offense will hold its own with Cameron Newton at the helm but since Chizik has taken over as head coach this team is primed to be atop the SEC.
7. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
Bielema has done a quality job with the Badgers. Not only has he done great on the field but off the field as well. In 2009, 21 of the Badgers made Academic All-Big Ten, the highest in school history. As coaches know when you have smart students and mix in football it only adds to success. The Badgers have gone to four straight bowl games under Bielema and he is getting hungrier every year to do even better than the previous year. As long as Bielema is the captain of this ship they should be in good shape.
8. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford
Harbaugh is a player’s coach. He is friendly, funny, and fun to be around. Not only have I met him in person, but he explained the ins and outs of the Quarterback position to the finest of details. With that said, Harbaugh has one of the best, if not the best, QB in the nation in Andrew Luck. Luck has a QB rating of a 162 and is showing that he is primed for the NFL. Harbaugh and company are going in the right direction now they just need to keep it going.
9. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
Mullen is a fiery coach. He coaches games and practice with passion. He is trying to take the Bulldogs to a whole new level. This year they beat the Florida Gators in the swamp, which to me is a great way in making that step to the next level. He is a quarterbacks coach however, and knows how to get the best out of them. He has coached the likes of Alex Smith, Chris Leak, Josh Harris, and Tim Tebow. Now if he can get Tyler Russell to do the same as he has with others they should be looking at going to bowl games more often than not.
10. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
The Spartan football program is starting to look like the Spartan basketball program. Well not quite yet but if they can keep winning consistently they could very well be. Dantonio is a defensive minded coach who gets the best out of his players. Take for example current middle linebacker Greg Jones who has risen to stardom with his great play. While he was coaching at Ohio State he did the very same thing by making the 2003 team the number one defense in the country and having thirteen players go pro. If Dantonio can win a few more big games the Spartans could be fighting for the top spot in their conference.