Ranking the top 25 Power Five college football coaches entering the 2023 season
Dave Doeren: Like the man himself, Doeren’s ranking is consistent. Aside from the 2019 season when NC State went 4-8, Doeren’s Wolfpack teams have won 8-9 games every season, though they’ve only finished two of those years ranked in the AP Top 25. If the trend continues, Doeren will become the all-time winningest coach in program history, passing Earle Edwards’ 77 wins. Edwards needed 17 years to get there. Doeren’s at 72 entering his 11th season. 2022 rank: 25 (E)
PJ Fleck: There are two types of people in the world: those drawn to Fleck’s personality and those turned off by it. No matter where you slot, both sides have to admire the results he’s achieved. Fleck’s Minnesota teams have won 24 Big Ten games over the last five seasons. Only Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin have won more. He’s raised the floor of the program and brought the kind of stability Minnesota hasn’t seen in 20 years. He drops a spot this year, but that’s less a reflection of Fleck’s performance and more because of a coach ahead of him on this list who wasn’t eligible last year. 2022 rank: 23 (-1)
Lance Leipold: Seriously, what else needs to be said about Leipold other than he had Kansas ranked last season? The Jayhawks started 5-0, and while they had a rough…
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