Posted by Frazier
Welcome to The Great Debate. Basically, it's Walter and I arguing about matters related to college football. It's pretty much what we do all day anyways, but now it's a regular feature. Also, it currently has a fairly lame name, so if you can think of anything better (preferrably a witty college football reference) let us know. Without further ado, a bold statement:
Pete Carroll is the best college football coach on the planet right now.
This doesn't mean that Carroll is better than Joe Paterno or Bobby Bowden, but right now, he sure as hell is. It doesn't mean he's the best of all-time, but if you had to build a program today, you'd hire big Pete. It's that simple. In fact, it's a surprisingly easy argument. Since he started coaching 6 years ago, he's won a staggering 84.4% of his games, and that was after a 2-5 start. He's got the best active winning percentage of anyone doing this for at least 5 years. He has NEVER lost in November (20-0). He has a pair of national championships (in six years, compared to a pair for Bowden over 40) and was an incredible Vince Young preformance away from a third.
He has lost a single game by more than a touchdown (11 points).
He has lost 12 games by a total of 51 points (a 4.3 point average).
USC was #1 according to the AP for a record 33 consecutive weeks.
Frankly, it's Pete Carroll and everybody else.