Search far and wide through the internet — you won’t find many negatives being said about Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Football team. After a one-loss season that resulted in an Orange Bowl victory, the Aggies are riding high.
Fisher’s 26-10 record and 4th-ranked finish at Texas A&M is already impressive. If you include his background as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles, his resume is even more impressive.
At FSU, Fisher went 83-23. No, that’s not a typo — he was that good. He won a national championship within the past decade and looks to be repeating the same type of success in College Station.
Generally speaking, this translates to most media-driven head coach rankings. Fisher is considered one of the best in the country, even if he hasn’t reached the College Football Playoff with his Texas A&M Football team.
Texas A&M Football HC Jimbo Fisher was snubbed in PFF’s college football head coach rankings
Look at any college football head coach rankings this offseason. You’ll find Jimbo Fisher in the top ten of most and some will see him in the top five. Unfortunately, PFF had other plans, ranking the Aggie head coach at the 13th spot, behind some questionable names.
Unsurprisingly, coaches like Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney topped the list. That said, it’s the names between these to head coaches and Fisher that are slightly upsetting.
Here are a few of the college football head coaches that were ranked ahead of Texas A&M’s very own.
- Dan Mullen (Florida)
- Matt Campbell (Iowa State)
- Kyle Whittingham (Utah)
- Lance Leipold (Kansas)
- Jamey Chadwell (Coastal Carolina)
- Brian Kelly (Notre Dame)
The names that stick out to you on that list as coaches who shouldn’t be ranked ahead of Jimbo Fisher are, well… all of them. Notably, Dan Mullen is the first name you’ll notice.
In just three seasons at Texas A&M, Fisher has already brought more success to College Station than Mullen has to Gainesville. If that wasn’t evident by the Aggies’ record on a year-to-year basis, it will be by the fact that TAMU upset a top-5 Florida Gators team last season.
It’s easy to pick out any individual coach listed and explain why they’re not on Fisher’s level, but the best argument is the simplest argument. Only two of the head coaches listed ahead of him on PFF’s rankings have national championships. Those two coaches are the aforementioned Saban and Swinney.
Usually PFF is pretty accurate, but this one was a swing and a miss from them. Hopefully, Fisher can bring a national title to Aggieland and shoot up the rankings next season.