Ranking the SEC's Five Best Coaches

The best football conference in the country starts with the talent on the field. However, for that talent to be successful on the field, there must be a good head coach on the sidelines.

5. Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino- No one has ever doubted Petrino's ability to coach. He has been under fire because of his reputation to leave coaching jobs after a few years, but he seems comfortable in Fayetteville.

The Razorbacks almost won in The Swamp last season behind strong-armed quarterback Ryan Mallett. Petrino dialed up an offensive game plan that went for 357 yards on the Florida defense that ranked among the best in the country.

With all the tools on the offensive side of the ball this season, this could be the year Petrino leads the Razorbacks to make some noise in the SEC West.

4. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier- Since taking over as the Gamecocks head coach, 2010 is Spurrier's best shot at competing for an SEC Championship.

South Carolina returns their quarterback, running back and top two wide receivers. With experience in his offense, Spurrier now also has the ability to use trick plays that he always seems to time perfectly.

His teams at South Carolina have always been capable of pulling an upset. Spurrier coaches like he has nothing to lose in those scenarios, and they have often times paid off. South Carolina will be the hunted this season. It's Spurrier's job to prepare them for it.

3. Georgia head coach Mark Richt- The dean of SEC football coaches has the highest winning percentage in Georgia football history (.769, 90-27), but he will be feeling the heat this season. The frustration is that the program doesn't take the next step to being a national power, competing for national championships every year.

They have talent this season, although it may be inexperienced. The Bulldogs will break in a new quarterback with redshirt freshman Aaron Murray, and the defense is switching to a 3-4 set, which isn't usually a smooth transition during the first season.

Richt's seat will get hotter if he loses to Florida again this season, as the Bulldogs have lost 17 of the last 20 games to the Gators.

2. Alabama head coach Nick Saban- After leading the Crimson Tide to a 7-6 season in 2007, Saban turned Alabama into a consistent national championship contender in no time.

The 2009 team won a national championship the way Saban loves his teams to play. It was a lights out defense and a controlling run game, led by Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.

The 2010 season will be the one that proves where Saban ranks among coaches in the conference and country. He lost his entire defense from last season, so the pressure will be on to rebuild that side of the ball in order to defend their national championship.

1.Florida head coach Urban Meyer- The top two spots are truly up for grabs, as Meyer and Saban are 1-1 in their two meetings in SEC Championship games. However, Meyer is now reenergized. The leave of absence allowed him to get away from the football offices and spend some time with his family. Things like that can get a person away from their passion and help them realize how much they miss it. Don't be surprised if that is what happens to Meyer. Florida is recruiting as well as they ever have while Meyer has been out of the football office. The head coach being back in office is what could spring board not only their recruiting, but energize a young team with a chip on its shoulder.

Meyer will experience something this season that he hasn't had since he took the Florida job. He now has a young team that feels overlooked. The losses of players like Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes have everyone expecting a rebuilding year in Gainesville. The team hears it. The coaches hear it. Meyer's new energy could be what gives this team an extra boost.


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