The head coach of a football team is one of the most impactful and important of any coach in the sports world, especially when it comes to college football.
Many of the innovations that changed the game at the professional level started in college. Whether that’s the use of the forward pass that was pioneered by Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, or the prevalence of "run-pass options" in the modern game, college coaches are vital to the game of football.
So who are the coaches who were able to innovate and inspire their teams to victory more than all the others? We take a look here.
This survey is based on winning percentage, and we decided to list only coaches who coached for more than a decade and spent the majority of their career at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools (formerly Division I-A) or the equivalent in the early 20th century. Current coaches will have records that change with every new game, but their win percentage should stay relatively the same.
The primary source for the coaching records was Sports Reference. However, due to discrepancies with the records of many coaches from the early 20th century, the official College Football Hall of Fame record was used when there was a difference between the two.
Note: All coaching records are through Nov. 20.