Where David Shaw ranks among the best coaches in college football


After taking over from Jim Harbaugh, Stanford head coach David Shaw rose to the top tier of college football coaching.

In his first six seasons, the Cardinal averaged 10.6 wins per season, won three Rose Bowls while winning two, and was a frequent member of the top 15, with his lowest postseason ranking being No. ° 12 during this period. However, the program has since hit a wall as after winning eight straight seasons, the Cardinal hasn’t finished around .500 since 2018.

This is likely the cause of Coach Shaw’s ranking drop in Sporting News’ latest ranking of 131 coaches. Prior to last season, they ranked Shaw as the No. 24 coach, but with his struggles and the emergence of coaches like Sam Pittman of Arkansas, Dave Clawson of Wake Forrest and Josh Heupel of Tennessee; Coach Cardinal is no longer in the top 25.

Shaw is ranked 31st among coaches, and if the Cardinal has a fourth consecutive below-average season, not only will his ranking likely drop again, but he may not appear in any head coaching rankings the next year. next season.

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According to ESPN’s College Football Power Index, another losing season is on the horizon, as they project Stanford to win five games in 2022 and only have a 34% chance of winning six games.

Shaw has his work cut out to surpass those projections, and most likely to save his job.


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