The Big 12 has its share of great college football coaches. But the best in the conference is TCU's Gary Patterson.
In Athlon Sports' Big 12 Coach Rankings, the Horned Frogs' head coach is listed at No. 1, just ahead of Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley.
Here's why: TCU has played a full season in three different conferences since Patterson became head coach, but the level of success never changes. The Horned Frogs are 167-63 overall since Patterson took over as head coach in the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl. During that span, the Horned Frogs have recorded 11 seasons of double-digit victories, including a perfect 13-0 campaign in 2010. TCU also finished 12-1 and just outside the top four for a bid to the CFB Playoff in 2014. The Horned Frogs have settled into the Big 12 with three winning marks in league play over the last five years. In each of those three seasons, TCU ranked as a top-10 team in the final Associated Press poll. Patterson is also one of college football’s top minds on defense, as the Horned Frogs have not finished lower than fifth in the Big 12 in fewest points allowed in a season since joining the conference.
Where do the other Big 12 coaches rank? Check out our entire Big 12 Coach Rankings.