The Big 12 has its share of great college football coaches. One of the best coaches in the conference is Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley.
In Athlon Sports' Big 12 Coach Rankings, the Sooners' head coach is listed at No. 2, just behind TCU coach Gary Patterson.
Here's why: It’s a close call between Riley and TCU’s Gary Patterson for the No. 1 spot in the conference. Few coaches can match the two-year run Riley has pieced together to start his tenure in Norman. The Sooners never missed a beat in the transition from Bob Stoops to Riley. Oklahoma went 12-2 with a CFB Playoff trip in 2017 and followed that successful year with another 12-2 mark and playoff bid last fall. Riley is 24-4 with just two Big 12 losses since taking over prior to the 2017 season. Additionally, Oklahoma has claimed back-to-back conference titles under Riley’s direction. And as one of the nation’s top minds on offense, it’s no surprise Riley has helped the Sooners rank as the No. 1 scoring offense among Power 5 programs for three consecutive years.
Where do the other Big 12 coaches rank? Check out our entire Big 12 Coach Rankings.