Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher ranked No. 6 among all Power 5 coaches

 

Jimbo Fisher is 68-14 in his six seasons at Florida State, including one national title and three ACC crowns.

Jimbo Fisher is 68-14 in his six seasons at Florida State, including one national title and three ACC crowns.

Jimbo Fisher has won one national title and three ACC championships in his six seasons at Florida State. He has the highest winning percentage in ACC history (.829), leads all active coaches in wins per season (11.3) and has the most wins of any Power 5 coach in his first six seasons (68).

Yet, the best Fisher can do in one list of the top Power 5 coaches is No. 6.

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Fisher is behind Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, TCU’s Gary Peterson, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio in CBSSports.com ranking of all the coaches from the Power 5 conferences.

The list was the result of six voters ranking all 65 coaches just as they would for a top 25 poll.

Fisher, who is 68-14, was No. 8 last year. He passed Les Miles (who fell from No. 4 to No. 7) and Mark Richt (7 to 18) but was passed by Dantonio (15 to 3). Steve Spurrier was ranked No. 6 a year ago before quitting in the middle of the season.

Here is what they said about Fisher:

It says an awful lot about Fisher that a 10-3 season at Florida State last season counts as a “down” year. Yes, the Noles took a small step back last season, but they were also replacing a lot of key players and were a young team. This is a team that’s mostly back intact in 2016 and is poised to compete for another ACC title and playoff berth. That’s what Fisher has built in Tallahassee, and that’s why he’s creeping up on the top 5.   

Among the coaches ahead of Fisher, all but Dantonio and Patterson have won at least one championship.

Fisher’s FSU teams have finished in the top 10 of the final polls in three of the last four seasons. Saban’s teams have been in the top 10 all four years, including winning two titles. Meyers and Dantonio have been in the top 10 three of the four and Patterson twice.

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney was the next highest ranked coach from the ACC at No. 8.

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