Contact Us

The Most Overrated College Football Coach Is Who?

Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban, Brian Kelly
Getty Images

Just because you win doesn’t mean you’re good.

That’s some odd logic, but it may apply. CBS Sports polled FBS college football coaches to find out the most overrated coach in the sport. To be fair, only 26 coaches took part, which comes nowhere close to covering the 130 schools at the FBS level, so take the results with a grain of salt.

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh topped the survey, earning 13% of the vote. Harbaugh has taken Stanford to a top 5 finish, a BCS win, then made a detour to the NFL where he took the 49ers to the Super Bowl before doubling back to his alma mater, where he’s led the Wolverines to a pair of top 15 finishes in his first two seasons and brought them back to national relevance.

Nick Saban, who many consider one of the best coaches in the history of the sport, took second. That’s pretty surprising, since he’s won five national titles at two schools, two national coach of the year awards and coached two Heisman Trophy winners. As one rival coach said, “Nick’s got a lot of advantages. In [my conference], you could take five or six of us and get there a month before the season and win 12 games. There is a little [bleeping] machine underneath that stadium, and they grow them there.”

Here’s the complete list:

  • Jim Harbaugh (Michigan): 13%
  • Nick Saban (Alabama): 9%
  • Lane Kiffin (Florida Atlantic): 9%
  • Lovie Smith (Illinois): 9%
  • Brian Kelly (Notre Dame): 4%
  • Tom Herman (Texas): 4%
  • Will Muschamp (South Carolina): 4%
  • Choose not to answer: 48%

On the flip side, Kansas State’s ageless wonder, Bill Snyder, was named the most underrated coach.

  • Bill Snyder (Kansas State) – 24%
  • Chris Petersen (Washington) – 15%
  • David Cutcliffe (Duke) – 10%
  • Ken Niumatalolo (Navy) – 10%
  • 10 other coaches – 41%

Best of US 103.1

Recommended for You

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://us103.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for US 103 Ultimate VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive US 103 Ultimate VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.