We’ve updated our career records for SEC head coaches from this past season against FBS teams that finished the season with a winning record, which is always one of the best gauges for coaching success.
Obviously, there are exceptions. In some cases, a coach may just be starting out, and there are also situations where he’s come from a smaller school and taken his lumps.
Generally, though, it’s a pretty good measurement of how a coach has fared over the course of his career.
LSU’s Les Miles made a big jump this season by finishing 9-1 against teams with winning records in 2011.
Houston Nutt, who was fired as Ole Miss’ coach, won 36 games during his career against FBS teams that finished the season with a winning record, but he lost 69 to leave his winning percentage at .343.