The offensive innovator is a career .719 coach who took Louisville (in 2006) and Arkansas (in 2010) to BCS bowls and a combined four Top 12 seasons.Under Petrino’s direction, the Cards have gone 10-6 in ACC play in two seasons since moving up from the AAC.

Note: I place much more emphasis on recent performance than career achievements.

The former mentor to star QBs Alex Smith and Tim Tebow developed Dak Prescott into the most accomplished QB in Bulldogs history.

Steve Spurrier went from South Carolina’s savior to self-fired retiree.

Here now is my ranking of the sport’s Top 20 coaches heading into the 2016 season.

Over 11 years, Miles has won nearly 70 percent of his SEC contests.

A rough first two seasons at Washington make it hard to justify the lofty ranking Petersen held throughout his eight-year, 92-12 tenure at Boise State.It marked Stoops’ ninth Big 12 title in 17 seasons and fifth BCS title game/CFP appearance.The Tigers were perennial underachievers before the infectiously upbeat Swinney transformed the program.They’ve since gone to four straight under Cutcliffe and in 2013 won 10 games and a division title.Before that, he delivered Ole Miss its most recent 10-win season (in 2003) prior to last year’s.The ‘Noles are 68-14 under his watch, including a national title and 29 straight wins from 2012-14. Prior to that, he took Stanford from a 1-11 team the year before his arrival to a 12-1 Orange Bowl season in his fourth year on the job.