** No head coach in FBS has been at his job longer than Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. He and Bob Stoops of Oklahoma have each held their respective positions since 1999 – 17 seasons.
** Hugh Freeze has led Mississippi to back-to-back wins against Alabama and he’s 3-1 against arch-rival Mississippi State.
** Michigan was rapidly headed in the wrong direction before Jim Harbaugh arrived. He won 10 games in his first year and enjoyed success at Stanford (as well as with the San Francisco 49ers) prior to that.
** Brian Kelly‘s Notre Dame Fighting Irish were 10-1 a year ago and in the mix for the College Football Playoff before a very close loss to Stanford. (38-36. See November 29, 2015 post “Reviewing the Top Games of Rivalry Saturday.”)
** Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has three national championships to his credit, including one at his current school. Over the past four seasons in Columbus, Meyer’s overall record is a sterling 50-4. That’s one loss per year, against 12½ wins! It’s good for the highest winning percentage of any coach in the country at his current school.
** Louisiana State’s Les Miles has a national championship to his credit (2007) and a plethora of talent in 2016…enough to claim another one.
** Gary Patterson has been at Texas Christian for 15 years and has 10 seasons of 10 or more wins, in three different conferences. Nine of those ten seasons were at least 11 wins.
** Mark Richt is the new coach at Miami of Florida, where he’ll likely develop Brad Kaaya into a star at quarterback. Richt won 145 games in 15 years at Georgia – an average of 9.7 wins per season.
** Bill Snyder turns 77 this season and shows no signs of slowing down in his second stint as head coach at Kansas State. He builds good teams with limited talent. He also coaches in a stadium named after him.
** Under Dabo Swinney Clemson has won at least 10 games in each of the past five seasons. Can a national championship be far behind?