The college football crew over at CBSSports.com ranked all 65 head coaches in the Power 5 conferences and released the first batch of the rankings on Tuesday. Coaches 1-25 will be released another time, but it doesn’t really matter to us because we already know Mark Stoops’ spot as it is outside the top 25.
Stoops came in at lucky No. 39 in this year’s rankings, up seven spots from his No. 46 ranking prior to last season. Apparently 10 wins, a Citrus Bowl trophy and a record number of draft picks weren’t enough to earn Stoops more than a seven-spot bump. Hell, the historic 2018 season didn’t even move Stoops ahead of Scott Satterfield at Louisville (37) or Will Muschamp at South Carolina (35) in the rankings, and Stoops has beaten Muschamp three straight years plus a close-call at Florida when Muschamp needed the play-clock operator to cheat for the Gators to escape an upset 27 years in the making. Buncha bullcrap if you ask me.
CBSSports.com’s Tom Fornelli admitted he had Stoops higher on his list in the site’s explanation of the ranking:
Mark Stoops: I was fully expecting Stoops to take a significant step forward in these rankings after winning 10 games at Kentucky last season. It was the first time the Wildcats won at least 10 games in a single season since 1977. I had him at No. 34 on my ballot, but I guess my fellow voters weren’t as impressed as I. Still, climbing seven spots isn’t insignificant. 2018 rank: 46 (+7)
Muschamp over Stoops is a fireable offense. Stoops has won three of five (four of five in my eyes) against Muschamp and all three of the last three since Muschamp left Florida.