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Coaches: Baylor's Art Briles is best offensive head coach

Baylor’s Art Briles was voted as the nation’s best offensive head coach in ESPN’s weekly college football poll of the FBS head coaches, #1QFor128.

Briles received 22 percent of the votes, edging Auburn’s Gus Malzahn (18 percent), in the poll, conducted by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin was third (14 percent), followed by South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (8 percent) and Oregon’s Mark Helfrich (6 percent). Rounding out the top 10: Duke’s David Cutcliffe, Washington State’s Mike Leach, Stanford’s David Shaw and Oregon State’s Mike Riley (each with 4 percent) and Washington’s Chris Petersen (3 percent).

In all, 22 coaches received votes.

The coaches from the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12) actually voted Briles third with 13 percent. Malzahn was the top vote-getter among the Power 5 coaches who voted with 20 percent, followed by Sumlin at 18 percent. Cutcliffe, Helfrich and Spurrier (with 8 percent each) tied as the fourth-most popular pick among the Power 5 coaches.

The coaches from the Group of 5 conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt) voted Briles first (28 percent), followed by Malzahn (17 percent), Sumlin (12 percent), Spurrier (9 percent) and Helfrich, Leach and Shaw (each with 5 percent).

Of the 128 FBS coaches, 98 participated in this week’s poll.

Who the Power 5 coaches voted for

Gus Malzahn, Auburn: 20 percent

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: 18 percent

Art Briles, Baylor: 13 percent

David Cutcliffe, Duke: 8 percent

Mark Helfrich, Oregon: 8 percent

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina: 8 percent

Mike Riley, Oregon State: 5 percent

Who the Group of 5 coaches voted for

Art Briles, Baylor: 28 percent

Gus Malzahn, Auburn: 17 percent

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: 12 percent

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina: 9 percent

Mark Helfrich, Oregon: 5 percent

Mike Leach, Washington State: 5 percent

David Shaw, Stanford: 5 percent

Mike Riley, Oregon State: 3 percent

Chris Petersen, Washington: 3 percent