College football is all about coaching. If you have a great coach, your team is going to be successful. Look at the Alabama program if you need any sort of proof. Nick Saban is the best college football coach of all-time and it’s no coincidence that there’s a dynasty in Tuscaloosa right now. Great college coaches are great recruiters and if you continue to score fantastic recruiting classes, you will contend for a National Championship.

The evidence is out there guys. No program in our era has won a National Championship without averaging a top-15 recruiting class on a regular basis. Basically if you aren’t bringing in the stud football players, you aren’t winning any titles.

We all know who the best college football coaches are though. We all know Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Kirby Smart, Dabo Swinney, and James Franklin are dominating the recruiting game and the proof has shown on-the-field.

But what about the unsung heroes? What about the guys who don’t recruit as well as the top dogs and still end up having fantastic seasons? Well, I’ve crunched the numbers and I’m trying to get to the bottom of which college football coaches did the best job with the least to work with this season and I believe I made it happen. These are the guys who out-performed expectations and should be FIRST IN LINE for any kind of openings in college football if there are any smart AD’s out there.

I did the work for you. It’s all here.

You’re welcome.

 

Top College Football Coaches Of 2017

 

THE GOAT’s

 

Jeff Monken (Army)

Roster Score: 119.5

Expected Wins For 2017: 8

Actual Wins For 2017: 10

Coaching Points For 2017: +7

 

Jeff Brohm (Purdue)

Roster Score: 72

Expected Wins For 2017: 3

Actual Wins For 2017: 7

Coaching Points For 2017: +6

 

Craig Bohl (Wyoming)

Roster Score: 114

Expected Wins For 2017: 9

Actual Wins For 2017: 8

Coaching Points For 2017: +6

 

Terry Bowden (Akron)

Roster Score: 123.1

Expected Wins For 2017: 6

Actual Wins For 2017: 7

Coaching Points For 2017: +6


 

If You’re Not First, Well….You’re Second

 

Doug Martin (New Mexico State)

Roster Score: 124.8

Expected Wins For 2017: 4

Actual Wins For 2017: 7

Coaching Points For 2017: +5

 

Seth Littrell (North Texas)

Roster Score: 108.5

Expected Wins For 2017: 2

Actual Wins For 2017: 9

Coaching Points For 2017: +5

 

Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan)

Roster Score: 120.75

Expected Wins For 2017: 3

Actual Wins For 2017: 5

Coaching Points For 2017: +5

 

Geoff Collins (Temple)

Roster Score: 119

Expected Wins For 2017: 6

Actual Wins For 2017: 7

Coaching Points For 2017: +5

 

Bill Snyder (Kansas State)

Roster Score: 63.3

Expected Wins For 2017: 8

Actual Wins For 2017: 8

Coaching Points For 2017: +5

 

Gary Patterson (TCU)

Roster Score: 41.75

Expected Wins For 2017: 9

Actual Wins For 2017: 11

Coaching Points For 2017: +5


The Best Of The Rest…..

 

Neal Brown (Troy)

Roster Score: 103.6

Expected Wins For 2017: 9

Actual Wins For 2017: 11

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State)

Roster Score: 108.4

Expected Wins For 2017: 10

Actual Wins For 2017: 9

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

John Bonamego (Central Michigan)

Roster Score: 103.2

Expected Wins For 2017: 4

Actual Wins For 2017: 8

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Matt Wells (Utah State)

Roster Score: 114

Expected Wins For 2017: 2

Actual Wins For 2017: 6

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Ken Niumatalolo (Navy)

Roster Score: 106.7

Expected Wins For 2017: 8

Actual Wins For 2017: 7

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Scott Frost (UCF)

Roster Score: 60

Expected Wins For 2017: 7

Actual Wins For 2017: 13

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Dave Clawson (Wake Forest)

Roster Score: 60.7

Expected Wins For 2017: 5

Actual Wins For 2017: 8

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Steve Addazio (Boston College)

Roster Score: 68.4

Expected Wins For 2017: 5

Actual Wins For 2017: 7

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Dave Doeren (NC State)

Roster Score: 45.4

Expected Wins For 2017: 8

Actual Wins For 2017: 9

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Justin Wilcox (California)

Roster Score: 70

Expected Wins For 2017: 3

Actual Wins For 2017: 5

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)

Roster Score: 57.5

Expected Wins For 2017: 8

Actual Wins For 2017: 10

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

Paul Chryst (Wisconsin)

Roster Score: 38.3

Expected Wins For 2017: 11

Actual Wins For 2017: 13

Coaching Points For 2017: +4

 

And that’s it for the BEST COACHES OF 2017! Stay tuned to the blog to see the guys who were on the opposite sides of the spectrum this season. Yes, I’m talking about the WORST COACHES OF 2017!

That one should be fun.