clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Mark Dantonio tabbed a top-5 college football coach by CBS

The ranking for Mark Dantonio may be right, but some of the names ahead of him are not.

Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

There's no question the Michigan State Spartans have one of college football's best coaches in Mark Dantonio.

Prior to Dantonio's arrival in East Lansing, MSU had endured three straight losing seasons as part of the John L. Smith disaster regime. Since then, Dantonio's Spartans have been to nine straight bowl games, won three Big Ten titles and two BCS bowl games.

The latter two achievements have come since 2010 as very few college programs have had more success than MSU over that span. That's why CBS Sports Tom Fornelli has Dantonio ranked fifth overall in the top 25 Power Five college football coaches entering 2016.

5. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State (15): I'm sorry, Mark, but you can no longer claim we are disrespecting you with our rankings. We probably were last year, we'll admit it. No. 15 was a bit too low. That's our bad. Posting your fifth season with at least 11 wins in the last six years, and winning your third Big Ten title in that span, was finally enough for us to see the light.

I'm not arguing against Nick Saban (1) or Urban Meyer (2) being ranked ahead of Dantonio, but there's a heck of a debate to be had with Gary Patterson (3) and Bob Stoops (4) being ahead of the Spartans coach.

Heck, I'd argue Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher should also be ahead of Patterson and Stoops. The only coaches ahead of Dantonio at this point should have at least played in a national title game.

So No. 5 may actually still be the right ranking for Dantonio, just with two different names ahead of him.