Recently we dove into the 14 SEC coaching jobs to determine which one was the best. Each has its pros and cons. For instance, while Auburn is a big-time program, it will always be in Alabama’s shadow. Or despite the fact that Georgia has been better recently, it’s easier to recruit elite talent to Florida due to its location.
Athlon Sports also decided to dive into the same topic, polling 16 college football experts from varying sports publications to compile their list, which turned out to look a lot like ours.
The top two teams in Athlon Sports’ rankings were Alabama and Florida, respectively, which was the same as Gamedayr’s top two. The Gators actually received as many first-place votes from the 16 experts as the Crimson Tide with six. Pretty incredible how Will Muschamp ran a program with the kind of money, championship pedigree, and recruiting pool Florida brings right into the ground.
Sorry, got sidetracked, back to the rankings.
Athlon ranked Georgia and LSU at No. 3 and No. 4, whereas we had them flipped with the Tigers No. 3 and Bulldogs No. 4.
Texas A&M checked in at No. 6 on both lists.
And rounding out the top half of the conference were Tennessee and Auburn. Just like with Georgia and LSU, Athlon flipped our rankings. We ranked the Vols No. 6 and the Tigers No. 7.
Following is a complete rundown of Athlon vs. Gamedayr’s rankings. Each first place vote was worth 1 point, whereas a last place vote was worth 14 points. A lower score ranks higher (think golf).
Best SEC Coaching Jobs (Gamedayr Ranking)
- Alabama: 48 total votes/6 first place votes (Gamedayr: Alabama)
- Florida: 52/6 (Florida)
- Georgia: 53/1 (LSU)
- LSU: 54/1 (Georgia)
- Texas A&M: 76/1 (Texas A&M)
- Auburn: 99 (Tennessee)
- Tennessee: 103 (Auburn)
- South Carolina: 134/1 (South Carolina)
- Arkansas: 142 (Arkansas)
- Ole Miss: 143 (Missouri)
- Missouri: 170 (Ole Miss)
- Mississippi State: 186 (Mississippi State)
- Kentucky: 200 (Kentucky)
- Vanderbilt: 220 (Vanderbilt)