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

    By Jaclyn Harris

     

    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 944 340 36 .729 1,320
    2 Yale 902 374 55 .698 1,331
    3 Texas 900 366 33 .705 1,299
    4 Ohio State 899 324 53 .725 1,276
    5 Notre Dame 897 345 42 .715 1,284
    Alabama 895 328 43 .695 1,266
    7 Nebraksa 893 380 40 .723 1,313
    8 Oklahoma 885 325 53 .724 1,263
    9 Penn State 878 387 41 .688 1,306
    10 Harvard 869 393 50 .681 1,312

    *Updated through the end of the 2017 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 44 377 129 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 2017 season

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