CBSSports ranks Mark Dantonio as 5th best coach among Power 5 coaches

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The Michigan State football program has won 11 games in five of the last six seasons, the first time a Big Ten team has ever accomplished that feat.

They’ve also taken home two of the last three Big Ten championships. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio in recent years has beaten Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer twice and TCU head coach Gary Patterson.

Head coach Mark Dantonio screams at his team to come to the sidelines after a fumble. The Spartans defeated Penn State, 28-22, to become Big Ten champions. Matt Hallowell/The State News
Head coach Mark Dantonio screams at his team to come to the sidelines after a fumble. The Spartans defeated Penn State, 28-22, to become Big Ten champions. Matt Hallowell/The State News (11.27.2010)

According to a panel for CBSSports though, those two coaches rank just a shade higher than Dantonio in a recently compiled list of the best Power 5 college football coaches.

The panel of six media members filled out ballots of ranking the best coaches across the major college football landscape. When it was all said and done, the Spartans head man was slotted at No. 5.

This was their explanation for Dantonio’s ranking on the list.

“I’m sorry, Mark, but you can no longer claim we are disrespecting you with our rankings. We probably were last year, we’ll admit it. No. 15 was a bit too low. That’s our bad. Posting your fifth season with at least 11 wins in the last six years, and winning your third Big Ten title in that span, was finally enough for us to see the light.”

Ironically, that’s good for the second-best coach from the Big Ten, as Meyer was positioned at No. 2. Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who just captured his fourth national title in the last seven years, is not surprisingly claiming the top spot.

Sandwiched in between the two Big Ten powerhouse coaches are Patterson at No. 3 and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops at No. 4.

The criteria for deciding the cream of the crop was largely subjective and based on each individual voter’s opinion on what constitutes as a successful coach, what separates the good ones from the truly great ones.

Rounding out the top 10:

6. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
7. Les Miles, LSU
8. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
9. David Shaw, Stanford
10. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan