Compiling a list of the greatest college football coaches in the history of the sport is an arduous task. There are many directions one can go. For comparison purposes, this ranking only includes coaches who have presided over major college programs, so coaching greats like John Gagliardi and Eddie Robinson did not make the cut. Without further ado, let’s dive into the list. Here is the definitive ranking of the top 25 coaches in college football history (until Nick Saban or Urban Meyer wins another title).
HM. Steve Spurrier
Spurrier, who won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as a Florida Gator, was not only a great coach, but also one of the profession’s best characters. The “Head Ball Coach” turned his alma mater into a national power during his 12-year tenure, winning one national championship and six SEC titles. His Gators nearly pulled off consecutive national titles, falling just short in the 1995 season. His “Fun ‘n’ Gun” passing offense was revolutionary at the time for the SEC and it certainly showed on the scoreboard. In 26 seasons at Duke, Florida and South Carolina, Spurrier posted a 228-89-2 record.