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