coaches of most games in the BCS era

The top ten FBS coaches – in terms of number of games since 1998  - are listed below, with Wins, Losses, and Winning %.   Click on yellow column headers to sort.

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coach games W L W%
Frank Beamer 209 156 53 74.64
Mack Brown 206 158 48 76.70
Bob Stoops 199 160 39 80.40
Gary Pinkel 198 124 74 62.63
June Jones 194 112 82 57.73
Frank Solich 193 124 69 64.25
Jim Grobe 192  94 98 48.96
Tom O’Brien 185 112 73 60.54
Nick Saban 181 142 39 78.45
Pat Hill 180 106 74 58.89

ratios of home to away games for all FBS conferences

 The following table lists the ratio of home to away games played by teams in all FBS conferences (and independents) since 1998. (The Big West dropped football after the 2000 season – the Western Athletic Conference after 2012.   The American Athletic Conference was previously known as the Big East Conference.)

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conference H:A
SEC 1.450
Big Ten 1.336
Big 12 1.315
ACC 1.256
AAC 1.193
Pac-12 1.167
MWC 1.021
independents 1.019
CUSA 0.995
WAC 0.967
MAC 0.880
Big West 0.826
Sun Belt 0.798

best & worst coaches vs. unranked teams

The coaches listed below have been the best and worst – in terms of winning percentage – in [a minimum of 11] games against FBS teams that did not appear in final BCS rankings.

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coach W L W% coach W L W%
Chip Kelly  34  1 97.14 Fred vonAppen 0 11  0.00
Guz Malzahn  15  1 93.75 David Elson 1 22  4.35
David Shaw  25  2 92.59 Rob Ianello 1 21  4.55
Jim Tressel  81  7 92.05 Todd Monken 1 11  8.33
Urban Meyer 105 10 91.30 Charley Molnar 2 17 10.53
Chris Petersen  78  8 90.70 Craig Cirbus 2 17 10.53
Pete Carroll  73  8 90.12 Mike Locksley 3 23 11.54
Bob Stoops 118 13 90.08 Ted Roof 4 29 12.12
Jim Mora   17  2 89.47 Vic Koenning 4 29 12.12
Mark Richt  95 12 88.79 Jerry Baldwin 4 23 14.81

coaches who have the most quality wins

The FBS coaches with the most quality wins in the BCS era are listed in the table below.

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coach QW
Bob Stoops 38
Nick Saban 31
Les Miles 30
Mack Brown 29
Pete Carroll 24
Jim Tressel 23
Bobby Bowden 21
Mark Richt 21
Steve Spurrier 19
Frank Beamer 18

best & worst coaches in games against ranked opponents

The table below lists the FBS coaches who have the best and worst records in [a minimum of 14] games versus teams that placed in final BCS rankings.  KEY:  Quality Wins, Ranked Losses, Winning %

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coach QW RL W% coach QW RL W%
Pete Carroll 24 11 68.57 Dan Mullen 0 24 0.00
Chris Petersen  9  5 64.29 Walt Harris 0 20 0.00
David Shaw  9  5 64.29 Derek Dooley 0 20 0.00
Jim Tressel 23 15 60.53 Larry Blakeney 0 18 0.00
Nick Saban 32 21 60.38 Greg Robinson 0 17 0.00
Chip Kelly  9  6 60.00 Lou Holtz 0 15 0.00
Bob Stoops 38 26 59.38 Ted Roof 0 15 0.00
Larry Coker 13 11 54.17 Sonny Dykes 0 15 0.00
Urban Meyer 17 15 53.13 Terry Allen 0 14 0.00
Brian Kelly 14 14 50.00 Bobby Wallace 0 14 0.00

longest streaks of winning records vs. ranked tams

The teams listed in the table below had the longest streaks of seasons with winning records vs. opponents that placed in final BCS rankings.

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team seasons first
USC 7 2002
Miami (FL) 5 2000
Florida State 3 1998
Iowa 3 2002
Texas 3 2003
LSU 3 2005
South Carolina 3 2011

the top “winningest, but not quality-winningest” FBS teams


From 1998 through 2013, 32 FBS teams do not have a single quality win.  The ten such teams with the most wins over other FBS teams are listed in the table below.

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team FBS wins
Toledo 108
Air Force  97
Navy  92
Ohio  83
Rice  81
Ball State  77
Western Michigan  77
Middle Tennessee  77
Central Michigan  76
Troy  68