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Who is the Nation's Most Clutch College Football Coach?

Gus Malzahn's stellar record in close games makes the case
Who is the Nation's Most Clutch College Football Coach?

Perhaps we should have seen the signs for Auburn’s turnaround from winless in the SEC in 2012 to conference champions in 2013.

In only his first season as a head coach, Gus Malzahn had an unblemished record in close games at Arkansas State the year before he arrived at Auburn. He was 4-0 in one-score games with the Red Wolves, but Auburn already may have an idea of Malzahn’s composure under pressure.

In 2010 and 2011, Malzahn’s final two seasons as offensive coordinator, Auburn was 10-0 in one-score games.

College Football's Top 12 Coaches on the Rise for 2014

Pete Lembo is a name to watch in 2014.
College Football's Top 10 Coaches on the Rise for 2014

Every year, there’s a new crop of rising stars in college football’s coaching ranks ready to make an appearance on the national stage. Alabama's Nick Saban, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher are names familiar across the nation with any fanbase. 

However, what about the next wave of stars that could be at BCS jobs in the next five years?

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2014

Athlon ranks every FBS college football coach for 2014.
Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2014

Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.

 

While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the coaching is questionable.

College Football's Top 15 Wide Receivers on the Rise for 2014

Laquon Treadwell is primed for a breakout year in Oxford.
College Football's Top 15 Wide Receivers on the Rise for 2014

Spring practice is underway for nearly all 128 college football teams, and the countdown to the 2014 season has officially started. There’s still a long way to go before August and the start of next year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about which players are ready for a big jump in production.

College Football's Worst 25 Coaching Tenures of the BCS Era

Turner Gill's hire did not work out well for Kansas.
College Football's Worst 25 Coaching Tenures of the BCS Era

Determining the worst coaching tenures for any period is no easy task. Each program has its own set of hurdles to overcome, and all coaches aren’t on equal footing when they take over a job.

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

Projecting some of CFB's next stars at quarterback in 2017.
College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2017

The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts.

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

Michigan State takes the top spot in the coaching tandems.
Ranking the Nation's Top 30 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood.

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

Tom Herman ranks as the No. 1 coaching hire for 2017.
Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle.

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