In keeping with our theme of how to best evaluate a head coach, one of the many impressive records that Florida’s Urban Meyer has compiled is his 14-1 mark against the Gators’ three traditional rivals -- Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee.
How does that compare to the rest of the SEC coaches?
Granted, the definition of “traditional rivals” may vary among fans, and some schools have rivals that are more clearly defined than others.
But in general, they are the three schools on your schedule every year that the fans most want to beat and the three schools that the head coach at that school needs to beat more often than they beat him if he wants to keep his job very long.
Here’s a look around the league. Kentucky’s Joker Phillips and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley are not included since this will be their first season:
Alabama’s Nick Saban is 7-2 (.777) against Auburn, LSU and Tennessee.
Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino is 1-5 (.166) against Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss.
Auburn’s Gene Chizik is 0-3 (.000) against Alabama, Georgia and LSU.
Georgia’s Mark Richt is 15-12 (.555) against Florida, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.
LSU’s Les Miles is 8-7 (.533) against Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss.
Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen is 1-2 (.333) against Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss.
Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt is 3-3 (.500) against Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State.
South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier is 5-10 (.333) against Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee.
Vanderbilt’s Bobby Johnson is 5-19 (.208) against Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.