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Top College Football Coaches by Total Ranking Points

Here are the top college football coaches of all time (1901-2016) by total ranking points (25 points for each 1st place finish, 24 for 2nd, etc., down to 1 point for a 25th place finish). For this purpose, of course, I am using my fixed AP polls for the seasons 1936-2016, and I am using my fixed hypothetical AP polls for the seasons 1901-1935. Longevity is a big key to finishing ranked highly in this list, much like it is in a list of top coaches by total wins. But I like total ranking points better than total wins, because it makes for a better comparison across differing time periods (teams play more games these days), and it also accounts for strength of opponents faced. As noted, these numbers only cover the seasons 1901-2016, so Pop Warner's total, as an example, does not include his 6 seasons as a coach 1895-1900. Active coaches are in bold.

1 Joe Paterno 572.5 Penn State 1966-2011
2 Paul "Bear" Bryant 512.5 Maryland 1945; Kentucky 1946-1953; Texas A&M 1954-1957; Alabama 1958-1982
3 Pop Warner 476 Georgia 1895-1896; Cornell 1897-1898; Carlisle 1899-1903; Cornell 1904-1906; Carlisle 1907-1914; Pittsburgh 1915-1923; Stanford 1924-1932; Temple 1933-1938
4 Bobby Bowden 473.5 West Virginia 1970-1975; Florida State 1976-2009
5 Tom Osborne 469 Nebraska 1973-1997
6 Fielding Yost 418 Ohio Wesleyan 1897; Nebraska 1898; Kansas 1899; Stanford 1900; San Jose State 1900; Michigan 1901-1923, 1925-1926
7 Woody Hayes 398 Denison 1946-1948; Miami-Ohio 1949-1950; Ohio State 1951-1978
8 Howard Jones 355 Syracuse 1908; Yale 1909; Ohio State 1910; Yale 1913; Iowa 1916-1923; Duke 1924; Southern Cal 1925-1940
9 Bo Schembechler 330 Miami-Ohio 1963-1968; Michigan 1969-1989
10 Steve Spurrier 321 Duke 1987-1989; Florida 1990-2001; South Carolina 2005-2015
11 Henry Williams 320 Army 1891; Minnesota 1900-1921
12 Barry Switzer 298 Oklahoma 1973-1988
13 Amos Alonzo Stagg 296.5 Springfield 1890-1891; Chicago 1892-1932; Pacific 1933-1946
14Nick Saban291.5Toledo 1990; Michigan State 1995-1999; Louisiana State 2000-2004; Alabama 2007-present
15 Darrell Royal 288 Mississippi State 1954-1955; Washington 1956; Texas 1957-1976
16 Lou Holtz 285 William & Mary 1969-1971; North Carolina State 1972-1975; Arkansas 1977-1983; Minnesota 1984-1985; Notre Dame 1986-1996; South Carolina 1999-2004
17 Bud Wilkinson 284 Oklahoma 1947-1963
18 Robert Neyland 283.5 Tennessee 1926-1934, 1936-1940, 1946-1952
19 Earl "Red" Blaik 277 Dartmouth 1934-1940; Army 1941-1958
20 Bernie Bierman 274.5 Montana 1919-1921; Mississippi State 1925-1926; Tulane 1927-1931; Minnesota 1932-1941, 1945-1950
21 John Vaught 273.5 Mississippi 1947-1970, 1973
22 Jock Sutherland 271.5 Lafayette 1919-1923; Pittsburgh 1924-1938
23 Fritz Crisler 268 Minnesota 1930-1931; Princeton 1932-1937; Michigan 1938-1947
24Bob Stoops266Oklahoma 1999-present
25 Ara Parseghian 264 Miami-Ohio 1951-1955; Northwestern 1956-1963; Notre Dame 1964-1974
26 Frank Leahy 260 Boston College 1939-1940; Notre Dame 1941-1943, 1946-1953
27 John McKay 253.5 Southern Cal 1960-1975
28 Robert Zuppke 251.5 Illinois 1913-1941
29 Vince Dooley 251 Georgia 1964-1988
30 Mack Brown 250 Appalachian State 1983; Tulane 1985-1987; North Carolina 1988-1997; Texas 1998-2013
31 Ralph "Shug" Jordan 236 Auburn 1951-1975
32Urban Meyer230Bowling Green 2001-2002; Utah 2003-2004; Florida 2005-2010; Ohio State 2012-present
33 Knute Rockne 229.5 Notre Dame 1918-1930
34 Bobby Dodd 226 Georgia Tech 1945-1966
35 Phillip Fulmer 216 Tennessee 1992-2008
36 Frank Broyles 208 Missouri 1957; Arkansas 1958-1976
37 Frank Thomas 207 Chattanooga 1925-1928; Alabama 1931-1942, 1944-1946
38 Percy Haughton 206.5 Cornell 1899-1900; Harvard 1908-1916; Columbia 1923-1924
39 Gil Dobie 205.5 North Dakota State 1906-1907; Washington 1908-1916; Navy 1917-1919; Cornell 1920-1935; Boston College 1936-1938
40 Dan Devine 204 Arizona State 1955-1957; Missouri 1958-1970; Notre Dame 1975-1980
41 Don James 202.5 Kent State 1971-1974; Washington 1975-1992
42 Andy Smith 200.5 Penn 1909-1912; Purdue 1913-1915; California 1916-1925

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