Top 15 Winningest Active College Football Coaches

The college football season has come to a close with Clemson’s win over Alabama and it’s now time to look at who the winningest coaches in college football are.  To clarify, only active coaches are counted and only wins at FBS schools are counted.  So for example, Brian Kelly’s wins at Grand Valley State are not counted (nor are his 21 vacated wins at Notre Dame), Rich Rodriguez’s wins at Glenville State are not counted and Jim Harbaugh’s wins at San Diego are not counted.  Coaches will be ranked going from fewest wins to the most wins.

 

Just Missed The Cut

Bret Bielema – Arkansas – 93 wins

David Cutcliffe – Duke – 96 wins

Bronco Mendenhall – Virginia – 101 wins

Kyle Whittingham – Utah – 104 wins

Mike Gundy – Oklahoma State – 104 wins

 

Now on to the actual countdown

 

T-15 – Mike Riley – Nebraska

Oregon State: 93-80

Nebraska: 15-11

Overall: 108-91

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl wins: 0

Conference Championships: 0

 

T-15 – Mark Dantonio – Michigan State

Cincinnati: 18-17

Michigan State: 90-41

Overall: 108-58

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 2

Conference Championships: 3

 

14 – Bobby Petrino – Louisville

Louisville: 67-22

Arkansas: 34-17

Western Kentucky: 8-4

Overall: 109-43

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 2

Conference Championships: 2

 

13 – Rich Rodriguez – Arizona

West Virginia: 60-26

Michigan: 15-22

Arizona: 37-27

Overall: 112-75

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 1

Conference Championships: 4

 

12 – Mike Leach – Washington State

Texas Tech: 84-43

Washington State: 29-34

Overall: 113-76

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 0

Conference Championships: 0

 

11 – Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech

Navy: 45-29

Georgia Tech: 70-48

Overall: 115-77

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 1

Conference Championships: 0

 

T-9 – Rocky Long – San Diego State

New Mexico: 65-69

San Diego State: 54-26

Overall: 119-95

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 0

Conference Championships: 3

 

T-9 – Chris Petersen – Washington

Boise State: 92-12

Washington: 27-14

Overall: 119-26

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 2

Conference Championships: 6

 

8 – Kirk Ferentz – Iowa

Iowa: 135-91

Overall: 135-91

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 1

Conference Championships: 2

 

7 – Frank Solich – Ohio

Nebraska: 58-19

Ohio: 88-67

Overall: 146-86

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 1

Conference Championships: 1

 

6 – Gary Patterson – TCU

TCU: 149-54

Overall: 149-54

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 2

Conference Championships: 6

 

5 – Mark Richt – Miami

Georgia: 145-51

Miami: 9-4

Overall: 154-55

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 3

Conference Championships: 2

 

4 – Urban Meyer – Ohio State

Bowling Green: 17-6

Utah: 22-2

Florida: 65-15

Ohio State: 61-6

Overall: 165-29

National Championships: 3

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 4

Conference Championships: 5

 

3 – Bob Stoops – Oklahoma

Oklahoma: 190-48

Overall: 190-48

National Championships: 1

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 5

Conference Championships: 10

 

2 – Bill Snyder – Kansas State

Kansas State: 202-104-1

Overall: 202-104-1

National Championships: 0

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 2

Conference Championships: 2

 

1 – Nick Saban – Alabama

Toledo: 9-2

Michigan State: 34-24-1

LSU: 48-16

Alabama: 114-19

Overall: 205-61-1

National Championships: 5

BCS/NY6 Bowl Wins: 4

Conference Championships: 7

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I was born in Las Vegas and moved to the Memphis area in 2005.I became a soccer referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. I write for two soccer websites: World Soccer Talk and Soccer Referee USA, in addition to writing several pieces for the Rogue Squadron (the supporters group for Memphis City FC).I did commentary in high school for football, basketball, baseball and soccer at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and did commentary for Lafayette High School football in Oxford, MS for two seasons.
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