Let me tell you something you already know: Mark Stoops is a good coach.
Let me tell you something you may not already know: Saturday Down South thinks so too.
SDS’ Connor O’Gara ranked Stoops No. 15 in his list of the top 25 coaches in college football this week, ahead of Scott Satterfield (No. 25), Gus Malzahn (No. 23), Tom Herman (No. 18), and Jim Harbaugh (No. 17).
“Yes, I’d rather start my team with Stoops than Herman or Harbaugh,” O’Gara wrote. “That’s how much I believe in what he has built at Kentucky. There’s a reason Florida State wanted Stoops. He took over the SEC doormat that went 0-8 in conference play and led the program to its first winning SEC season in 4 decades. That’s not a typo. And last year, all he did was take a team with major turnover that got off to an 0-3 SEC start … and he won 8 games … with a wide receiver playing quarterback. That’s a testament to someone who has total control of the culture of his program.”
O’Gara goes one step further, comparing Stoops’ record to Jimbo Fisher’s at Texas A&M. Over the past three seasons, Stoops and Fisher have the same conference record (12-12), Top 25 finishes (1) and wins vs. AP Top 25 teams (3), but Stoops has three more wins and one fewer loss (25-14).
“I’d argue doing that at Kentucky as opposed to doing that at Florida State and Texas A&M is a bit more challenging, too,” O’Gara wrote.
Exactly! For that, O’Gara just cracked the Top 15 of KSR’s National College Football Writers rankings. (Okay, let’s be honest, top five…top three even)
Check out the rest of the list at the link below. I bet you can guess who No. 1 is.