College football has its share of great coaches. One of the best coaches in the game is Florida's Dan Mullen.
In Athlon Sports' Top 130 Coach Rankings, the Gators' head coach is listed at No. 10. He appears just behind Michigan State's Mark Dantonio (No. 9) and just ahead of Brian Kelly at Notre Dame (No. 11).
Here's why: Mullen made a huge impact in his first year on the job in Gainesville. The Gators finished 4-7 in 2017 but jumped to 10-3 and finished No. 7 nationally in '18. The offense (Mullen’s specialty) also showed marked improvement. After averaging 22.1 points a game and 5.2 yards a play in the year prior to Mullen’s arrival, Florida increased those totals to 35 points a contest and 6.2 yards a snap last fall. Mullen arrived in Gainesville after a successful nine-year stint in Starkville. At Mississippi State – one of the toughest jobs in the SEC – Mullen went 69-44 and led the program to eight bowl appearances. Additionally, the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history during the 2014 campaign. Mullen is 79-47 overall as a head coach at the FBS level.
Where do the other 129 coaches rank? Check out our entire Top 130 College Football Coach Rankings.