College Football Playoff

Winningest College Football Teams and Coaches of All Time

Allie Shriver

By Allie Shriver

December 12, 2016

Winningest College Football Coaches

The final four teams have been announced for the College Football Playoffs! We’re thrilled to see the battles of Alabama vs Washington and Clemson vs Ohio State. There’s nothing quite like seeing the best teams in the sport go head to head for the title. These teams rank among some of the top programs across the country. While we wait to see these teams face off in the coming weeks, we thought we’d take a look at the winningest programs of all time.  

Winningest College Football Teams of All Time

Rank

Team

Wins

Losses

Ties

Win Percentage

Total Games

1 Michigan 935 333 36 0.731 1,304
2 Texas 890 360 33 0.727 1,283
3 Nebraska 889 371 40 0.724 1,300
3 Ohio State 886 321 53 0.724 1,260
5 Alabama 877 326 43 0.721 1,246
5 Notre Dame   875 321 42 0.721 1,238
7 Oklahoma 871 321 53 0.707 1,245
8 Penn State 867 384 42 0.700 1,293
9 Tennesee 828 375 53 0.699 1,256
10 USC 822 336 54 0.687 1,212

 

While these teams are solid programs, they didn’t get there with just pure player talent; each team was led by one of the best coaches in the game. There are good coaches and there are great coaches, and great coaches lead to great teams. The coaches you’ll find listed below have taken stellar football teams and made them into spectacular football programs that have withstood the test of time. These men have taken talented ball players and led them down paths of greatness. They are the winningest coaches of all time for a reason.

Winningest College Football Coaches of All Time

Rank

Name

Years

Wins

Losses

Ties

Win Percentage

Teams

1 John Gagliardi 63 489 138 11 0.775 Carroll (MT), St. John's (MN)
2 Joe Paterno 45 409 136 3 0.749 Penn State
3 Eddie Robinson 55 408 165 15 0.707 Grambling
4 Bobby Bowden 44 377 129 4 0.743 Samford, West Virginia, Florida State
5 Larry Kehres 27 332 24 3 0.929 Mount Union
6 Ken Sparks 35 325 89 2 0.784 Carson-Newman
7 Bear Bryant 38 323 85 17 0.78 Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Alabama
8 Glenn Scobey Warner 49 319 106 32 0.733 Georgia, Iowa State, Cornell, Carlisle, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Temple
9 Roy Kidd 39 314 124 8 0.713 Eastern Kentucky
9 Amos Alonzo Stagg 57 314 199 35 0.605 Springfield, Chicago, Pacific (CA)

 

We could leave this post at a simple wrap-up of the winningest teams and coaches of all time, but I wanted to dive a little deeper and show you the winningest coaches still in the game today. These guys are changing the way college football is regulated, played, and coached. In a world that is insanely connected, these coaches are closer to the players, families, fans, and yes – critics, than ever. They are creating unique ways to find new talent, foster players' talents, and play the game safer. They are the face of the top programs in the country for good reason. You may not always agree with their decisions, but you know your team is better with these guys on the sidelines. 

Winningest Active College Football Coaches 

 

Rank

Coach Name

School

Age

Conf.

Yrs.

Win

Loss

Ties

Win %

1 Tom Herman Houston 41 Big 12 2 22 4 0 0.846
2 Urban Meyer Ohio State 52 Big Ten 15 165 28 0 0.855
3 Lance Leipold Buffalo 52 MAC 10 116 23 0 0.835
4 Jason Candle Toledo 37 MAC 1 10 3 0 0.769
5 Jimbo Fisher Florida State 51 ACC  7 78 16 0 0.83
6 Chris Petersen Washington 52 Pac 12 11 118 25 0 0.825
7 Bob Stoops Oklahoma 56 Big 12  18 187 48 0 0.796
8 David Shaw Stanford 44 Pac 12 6 63 17 0 0.788
9 Nick Saban Alabama 65 SEC 21 208 60 1 0.772

 

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There you have it, the winningest coaches and teams in college football. See the best coaches in action at the College Football Playoff National Championship game. With an Official Ticket Package through College Football Playoff Premium and QuintEvents, you’ll be in Tampa as a VIP. Our game day parties are complete with gourmet food and top-shelf open bar, Collegiate Football Legends, and interactive entertainment elements. Not to mention, we have accommodation options at some of the top locations in the area. We can’t wait to see you at the big game!

 

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