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College Football Coaches: Over or Underrated?

Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo Fisher

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]College Football is run and won by coaches. since 2003 14 of the 20 titles were won by 4 coaches. Pete Carroll (2), Nick Saban (7), Urban Meyer (3), and Dabo Swinney (2). Recruiting, strength and conditioning, and elite coaching is the recipe for success in college football. Which coaches are under or overrated? We will discuss 3 below.

Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo Fisher won a National Championship as a head coach in 2013 and comes from both the Nick Saban and Bobby Bowden coaching trees. He has coached a Heisman trophy winner in Jameis Winston and won 27 games in a row with him at QB. Here is why Jimbo is overrated, however. Without Winston as his QB, Jimbo averages 4 losses per season. Since going to Texas A&M, he has had no more success than Kevin Sumlin in College Station. Sure, he has brought in some great classes, but talent is not hard to come by for the Aggies. Oh, he also destroyed the Florida State program from the inside out on his way out of Tallahassee.

Verdict: Overrated

Dabo Swinney

Dabo took over a program that would have been happy to win 9-10 games every now and then and turned them into a superpower in the CFP era. The Tigers have played for 4 national championships and won 2 since 2015, and while the Tigers fell to 10-3 last season there is an expectation for a bounce back. What has been done at Clemson is extortionary and rare in a sport dominated by a handful.

Verdict: Underrated

Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian was hired at Texas to take the Longhorns to the next level, as Tom Herman was deemed to be unable to get the job done. When Herman took over at Texas the Longhorns roster had a negative blue-chip rate and had multiple losing seasons in a row. Herman in four seasons won four bowl games and finished ranked three out of four campaigns, and built Texas up to a blue-chip rate of +23. Sarkisian took over a team ready to win immediately, lost to Kansas at home, and went 5-7 overall. Sarkisian drank his way out of a job at USC and was no better than decent during his tenure in Washington. The Longhorn's new coach has a lot to prove and fast.

Verdict: Overrated

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Mark Stoops

The University of Kentucky has had success in football with Mark Stoops as their head man. In what was deemed a nearly impossible feat, the program simply continues to level up. The Wildcats have won 10 games in two of their previous four seasons under Stoops. Kentucky has six winning seasons in a row and six bowl appearances. By far one of the most impressive feats in the nation considering the job.

Verdict: Underrated

James Franklin

Franklin had two unprecedented seasons at Vanderbilt winning nine games in back-to-back seasons. However, since heading to Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions' resources have been poorly utilized. Despite several top 10 classes, a miracle field goal block of Ohio State in 2016 leading to a B1G title is all Franklin has to show for it. He has won a little bit here and there with a Cotton and Fiesta Bowl win. But Franklin's Lions have not defeated the Buckeyes since, and overall underperform. Penn State should expect to compete in the playoffs, however, they have not been even once.

Verdict: Overrated

Jim Harbough

Michigan is not the program many people think they are. Michigan has long been a consistent solid program, but not one that often competes for championships, mostly they have been that solid top 10 team that has given the Buckeyes trouble. Maybe once every five seasons or so the Wolverines will have a team good enough to compete for a title. Jim Harbough has brought back the height of Michigan relevance since coming to the Wolverines. He wins about 10 games a season, and every few years has a team who may have a shot at the playoffs, finally getting there this season. The Buckeyes are a better program and is currently at the height of their power winning 12 games most seasons. Michigan should not be expected to beat the Buckeyes often, however. 2016 and 2018 were examples of Michigan teams with the right recipe to have a shot as well 2021. There aren't many coaches out there that can get this much out of Ann Arbor and even fewer who could be more successful. The Wolverines send players to the NFL, they win 10 games a year. Harbough can coach.

Verdict: Underrated

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