Ranking the Top 25 offensive coordinators in college football in 2022

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    Offensive coordinator in college football is the most exclusive coaching position of all.

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    Because some head coaches just can’t give up what got them into the big chair in the first place.

    That’s why 6 of the top 10 offensive coordinators in the sds annual rankings, and 13 of 25, are head coaches. in fact, 5 of the top 6 are head coaches.

    These are the best of the best, starting and ending with a head coach:

    25. jason candle, toledo

    He was a candidate for the miami oc job last season (which would have paid significantly more than hc’s job in toledo), but he stayed with the rockets, who led the macs in scoring last season with 33.4 points per game.

    24. Andrew Sowder, Kent State

    a critical piece for the turnaround in the state of kent, which was No. 1 in the nation for scoring offense in 2020 and No. 30 in 2021.

    23. andy ludwig, utah

    ludwig was hc kyle whittingham’s first oc in utah between 2005 and 2008, then returned a decade later. Over the past 3 seasons, Utah’s offense has become more dynamic and QB Cameron coming up last year became the best QB in the Pac-12.

    22. willy korn, coast carolina

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    a mixed system, with hc jamey chadwell still deeply involved in the plays, but also providing more input to korn, the co-oc/qbs coach. korn has been instrumental in the development of star qb grayson mccall.

    21. garrett riley, tcu

    lincoln riley’s younger brother, garrett’s offenses at smu the last 2 seasons, his first 2 as an oc, were no. 16 and no. 10 in the nation in scoring. his quarterbacks combined to throw 62 tds and smu rushed for 3,702 yards and 44 tds.

    20. mark whipple, nebraska

    a nomadic trainer, but wildly successful. He took a chance on Nebraska’s OC job, and he could do enough to help save Scott Frost’s job.

    19. tommy rees, notre dame

    He was given more and more control of the offense under former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and began calling the plays in 2020. His work with Ian Book and Jack Coan over the past 4 years has raised his profile. as a coach.

    18. billy napier, florida

    In 2009, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made Napier the youngest OC/QBS coach in the country at age 29. now 43, and his offenses over the past 4 years in louisiana were the foundation of a rebuilding project that included 4 appearances in the sun belt conference championship game (1-2 record, 2020 game cancelled) .

    17. paul christ, wisconsin

    Very respected quarterback coach/play caller within the coaching community. Wherever he has coached, as head coach and offensive coordinator, his offenses have been successful and, at times, prolific.

    16. todd monken, georgia

    his work with stetson bennett over the last 2 seasons has been remarkable, setting him up consistently for success and a national title. bennett went from a ratio of 8/6 td/int in 2020 to 29/7 in 2021.

    15. hugh freeze, freedom

    the work he did on ole miss with qbs bo wallace and chad kelly was impressive. what he did with auburn castoff malik willis was phenomenal.

    14. jeff brohm, purdue

    his career as an assistant and as a head coach (wku, purdue) has revolved around developing quarterbacks and scoring points. He’s most impressive with an experienced QB, so he sees how well this season plays out with Aidan O’Connell.

    13. chip kelly, ucla

    It’s not that the rest of college football has caught up with its offense, it’s that it hadn’t had the right combination of offensive line and quarterback. now he does it with qb dorian thompson-robinson, and ucla won 5 of his last 7 games in 2021 averaging 37 points per game.

    12. jimbo fisher, texas a&m

    he did very well as an assistant at auburn, lsu and fsu, and as a head coach at fsu, when he had the right quarterback. he could have one again this season with lsu transfer max johnson.

    11. Josh Gattis, Miami

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    Winner of the 2021 Broyles Award for Best Assistant Coach in the Country, Gattis turned Michigan’s offense and (QB Cade McNamara) from a liability to a strength during the postseason.

    10. phil longo, north carolina

    a gem of a coach in the ncaa lower divisions, he got a shot at the fbs level at ole miss in 2017 and his offenses have been going strong ever since at both ole miss and north carolina.

    9. warren ruggiero, forest stele

    the silent killer. Ruggiero isn’t the loudest or most demonstrative guy on the sidelines or in the huddle room, but he has few teammates who elaborate and find weaknesses in defenses. wake forest has finished 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 5th and 2nd in points in the acc under his supervision. that’s 5 consecutive top 5 finishes, something clemson can’t claim.

    8. dana holgorsen, houston

    holgorsen, a member of mike leach’s coaching tree, has a fantastic offensive mind and unique game audacity. houston qb clayton tune is a legitimate candidate for the heisman trophy in 2022.

    7. jeff lebby, oklahoma

    His first job as FBS COO was at UCF, where he developed McKenzie Milton and Dillon Gabriel into elite quarterbacks. He did the same thing with Matt Corral at Ole Miss the last 2 years, and he’ll get one more chance this fall with Gabriel.

    6. steve sarkisian, texas

    his successful work as a qbs coordinator/coach/playcaller dates back to his time as an assistant at usc under pete carroll. If he can develop QB Quinn Ewers like he did with Mac Jones in Alabama, the Texas offense will be dangerous.

    5. mike leach, state of mississippi

    the quarterback doesn’t matter; Everyone is successful and putting up prolific numbers, regardless of team or conference (Texas Tech, Washington State, Mississippi State). will rogers is the latest example. broke single-season school records last season.

    4. Josh Heupel, Tennessee

    Getting fired by his alma mater, oklahoma, might have been the best thing for heupel, who went to missouri and was the architect of drew lock’s monster season before his offense reached another level at ucf. In 1 year in Tennessee, his offense set several school records.

    3. bill o’brien, alabama

    We know about o’brien’s work with tom brady in the nfl, and how he revived the penn state show. his work with first-year starter qb bryce young last year was also tremendously impressive. In his first year as a starter, Young became the first Alabama QB to win the Heisman.

    2. ryan day, ohio

    Since returning to college football in 2017, his quarterbacks have thrown 198 touchdowns. That’s 39.6 tds per season, and that number includes the shortest COVID season of 2020, when Ohio State played just 6 regular season games.

    1. lincoln riley, usa

    In 7 years as an oklahoma oc/head coach, his first qbs threw 269 tds (38.4 per season), won 2 heisman trophies (baker mayfield, kyler murray), added another finalist (jalen hurts), and 2 nfl no. 1 overall draft picks. now has our transfer qb caleb williams on a cumulative offense in year 1 at usc.

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