Oregon State will matchup against a lot of good football coaches this year. Here is our top 5!
1. Chris Peterson
I don’t think there is a whole lot of debate on who #1 on this list should be. After an extremely successful run at Boise State Peterson took over a downtrodden Husky team and has built a perennial contender. While he may not be on the level of Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney, Chris Peterson is one of the best in the nation. Washington fans should be forever grateful that USC decided to pry 7 win Sark away from Seattle.
2. David Shaw
I’m a huge fan of David Shaw and I’m not sure he gets nearly enough credit for the success he has had. Many assumed he was just riding the coattails of Jim Harbaughs success, but it is clear that David Shaw is an amazing coach in his own right. Recruiting to a school with the academic standards of Stanford provides some unique challenges, and David Shaw has conquered them all.
3. Mike Leach
The nutty professor of college football has turned Washington State into a very scary team the past few years. Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense is the perfect niche for a University in a place like Pullman. While his recruiting classes are never that strong in the rankings, Leach knows what players he wants and how to get the best out of them. Washington State is a perfect example of the success that is possible in Corvallis.
4. Kyle Whittingham
Utah is consistently one of the most underrated teams in the nation, though they did check in at 15 on SBNations Fanpulse poll released earlier today, and Kyle Whittingham is the reason why. He successfully took over for Urban Meyer and helped guide Utah into the Pac-12
5. Mike Gundy
He is a man! He is
40 52! Aside from having one of the greatest coach rants of all times, Mike Gundy has successfully led his alma mater to 121 wins and 13 bowl games since 2005. Not only has he helped engineer one of the more potent offenses in the nation, he also has a very sweet head of hair, which is very important for these rankings