College Football Playoff

The Top 10 Winningest College Football Teams and Coaches of All-Time

Jaclyn Harris

By Jaclyn Harris

February 10, 2015

 

There's no hiding the fact that at the collegiate level, there are some powerhouse college football teams. Some states breed college football players who then grow up dedicated to their state's universities (cough, cough, Alabama and Ohio, cough). Other schools have incredible recruiting powers. Then, there are some colleges who bring in star-studded coaches who create strong teams through intense training and high strategy.

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Time and time again, we see these powerhouses win championships. We see fantastic coaches move from university to university and create winning teams wherever they are. We see the same college football programs always at the top of the standings. 

Then, as  we now have the College Football Playoff and the demise of the BCS system, we once again saw these factors hold true. Good teams are good teams. Great coaches are great coaches.

So, with this be a pattern moving forward? Will the College Football Playoff really open up the doors for smaller schools with less known championship records to enter the playoff? There's really no way of knowing.

BUT, in the meantime, I've decided to comprise a list of the top 10 winningest coaches and college football programs. Call it an "early forecast," if you will, of what could be coming down the road! So without further ado, here we go!

Top 10 Winningest College Football Teams 

Rank

Team

Wins

Losses

Ties

Win Percentage

Total Games

1 Michigan 953 342 36 .730 1,331
2 Ohio State 911 325 53 .727 1,289
3 Texas 908 370 33 .705 1,311
4 Yale 907 379 55 .697 1,341
5 Alabama 905 329 43 .726 1,277
T6  Notre Dame 897 324 42 .727 1,263
T6 Nebraksa 897 388 40 .692 1,313
8 Oklahoma 896 325 53 .724 1,274
9 Penn State 887 391 41 .688 1,319
10 Harvard 875 397 50 .681 1,322

*Updated through the end of the 2018-19 season

Top 10 Winningest College Football Coaches

Rank

Name

Years

Wins

Losses

Ties

Win Percentage

Teams

1 John Gagliardi 64 489 138 11 .775 Carroll (MT), St. John's (MN)
2 Joe Paterno 46 409 136 3 .749 Penn State
3 Eddie Robinson 55 408 165 15 .707 Grambling
4 Bobby Bowden 44 357 124 4 .743 Samford, West Virginia, Florida State
5 Ken Sparks 37 338 99 2 .772 Carson-Newman
6 Larry Kehres 27 332 24 3 .929 Mount Union
7 Bear Bryant 38 323 85 17 .780 Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Alabama
8 Pop Warner 49 319 106 32 .733 Georgia, Iowa State, Cornell, Carlisle, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Temple

9

Kevin Donley 39 316 129 1 .710 Anderson, Georgetown, California (PA), Saint Francis (IN)
10 Roy Kidd 39 314 124 8 .713 Eastern Kentucky

*Updated through the end of the 2018-19 season

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