The Wall Street Journal is all about the numbers when it comes to news from the world of business.
Instead of tracking the progress of some Fortune 500 company, they turned their attention to the records of college football head coaches from the Power Five conferences and Notre Dame, specifically their records against teams from the AP Top 25. The Big 12 Conference had only one coach with a winning record, two coaches with .500 records and the remaining seven coaches with losing records against the AP Top 25 during their respective careers.
You can check out the full records breakdown of all 66 coaches in the photo below, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:
Not surprisingly, Bob Stoops’ 50-23 record against the AP Top 25 is not only the best among Big 12 coaches, but also in line with South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, Alabama’s Nick Saban and LSU’s Les Miles for the best record among active coaches in college football.
West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen has a 5-6 record against AP Top 25 teams since taking over head coach duties in 2011, which breaks down to a 0-2 record against top five teams and a 3-3 record against top 15 teams from the poll.
Gary Patterson is 14-14 during his 14 years in Fort Worth for the Big 12’s second best win percentage, while Bill Snyder has the most wins with his 23-43 record behind Stoops’ 50 wins. Elsewhere, Art Briles is 7-24 for his career and 7-19 at Baylor. Mike Gundy is 15-20 during his career at Oklahoma State.
Charlie Weis just can’t find any luck at any of his head coaching stops, as the former Notre Dame and current Kansas coach has a 4-20 record for his career and 0-8 with the Jayhawks.
With it being timely as West Virginia’s season opener just 10 days from now, Alabama’s Nick Saban holds a record of 50-35 overall during his collegiate coaching career, as well as a 28-12 record in his time in Tuscaloosa.
Holgorsen hopes to leave Atlanta Saturday after next with an even 6-6 record against the AP Top 25, and leave Saban with his first loss against an unranked team since being upset by Mississippi State in Starkville in November 2007.