Kyle Whittingham Cracks Top 20 List Of Best Power-5 Head Coaches

May 8, 2021, 4:29 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – University of Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham cracked the top 20 list of best Power-5 head coaches in the country.

Kyle Whittingham came in at No. 16 on the list and is the second-highest ranked Pac-12 coach, trailing Oregon’s Mario Cristobal, who is No. 14.

The list comes from “Big Game Boomer” who is a Oklahoma alum and a “college football rankings guru.”

The list features the top 50 coaches in the power-5 ranks. Seven of the Pac-12 coaches made the list, including Cristobal (No. 14), Whittingham (No. 16), ASU’s Herm Edwards (No. 18), Stanford’s David Shaw (No. 23), Washington’s Jimmy Lake (No. 33), USC’s Clay Helton (No. 36) and UCLA’s Chip Kelly (No. 40).

Washington State’s Nick Rolovich, California’s Justin Wilcox, Arizona’s Jedd Fisch, Colorado’s Karl Dorrell and Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith did not make the list.

Here is the full list from Big Game Boomer:

  1. Nick Saban, Alabama
  2. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
  3. Ryan Day, Ohio State
  4. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
  5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
  6. Mack Brown, North Carolina
  7. Matt Campbell, Iowa State
  8. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
  9. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
  10. Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss
  11. Gary Patterson, TCU
  12. Kirby Smart, Georgia
  13. Ed Orgeron, LSU
  14. Mario Cristobal, Oregon
  15. James Franklin, Penn State
  16. Kyle Whittingham, Utah
  17. Dan Mullen, Florida
  18. Herm Edwards, Arizona State
  19. Tom Allen, Indiana
  20. Bryan Harsin, Auburn
  21. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
  22. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
  23. David Shaw, Stanford
  24. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
  25. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
  26. Steve Sarkisian, Texas
  27. Greg Schiano, Rutgers
  28. Eliah Drinkwitz, Missouri
  29. Shane Beamer, South Carolina
  30. Chris Klieman, Kansas State
  31. David Cutcliffe, Duke
  32. P.J. Fleck, Minnesota
  33. Jimmy Lake, Washington
  34. Manny Diaz, Miami (FL)
  35. Sam Pittman, Arkansas
  36. Clay Helton, USC
  37. Neal Brown, West Virginia
  38. Bret Bielema, Illinos
  39. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
  40. Chip Kelly, UCLA
  41. Dave Aranda, Baylor
  42. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh
  43. Josh Heupel, Tennessee
  44. Mike Locksley, Maryland
  45. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia
  46. Jeff Brohm, Purdue
  47. Mike Norvell, Florida State
  48. Mike Leach, Mississippi State
  49. Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech
  50. Scott Frost, Nebraska

Big Boomer also made a list of the top 50 Group of Five coaches in the country. BYU head coach Kalani Sitake came in at No. 6 and first year Utah State head coach Blake Anderson is No. 33 on the list.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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