Which Conference Has The Best Coaches In The Nation?

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Justin Fuente
Justin Fuente

It’s that time of year again where a ton of rankings are released. Top coaches, top conferences, best players, watch lists, best college towns, you name it. In other words, it’s the offseason and most publications that don’t do in-depth coverage on one team really don’t have anything to write about, so they fill their empty months by making lists.

Athlon recently came out with a list of top coaches. I’ve always enjoyed the layout and the presentation of Athlon, though I don’t value their information or opinions anymore than I do any other preseason publication. So I can’t tell you whether their information is accurate or not, but I do think it’s very interesting.

Athlon ranked every single FBS coach in the country from #1 (Nick Saban) through #128 (Mike Jinks, Bowling Green). I want to look at a few different things from that list. First, I want to compare the average coaching rank of each Power 5 conference. Second, I want to see how many “elite” head coaches are in each Power 5 conference. Third, I want to see how Athlon ranks all the new coaches in the Power 5 conferences. Finally, I want to offer up some thoughts on the ACC in general.

Average Coaching Rank

Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the average coaching rank for each league:

ACC: 33.43
PAC-12: 36.67
SEC: 41.78
Big 12: 41.1
Big Ten: 46.36

If it seems as if the ACC has a large number of coaches who you would