Oklahoma's Barry Switzer has the top winning percentage among major-college football coaches for the eighth year in a row, according to the 31st annual list of Top Twenty Coaches.
In 15 seasons as Oklahoma's head coach, Switzer's record is 148-26-4 for a percentage of .843, with a tie counting as half a win and half a loss.Switzer first made the list in 1981 with a record of 83-9-2-.894 and has led every year since.
Joe Paterno of Penn State is runner-up for the third consecutive year with a record of 207-48-2-.8093, followed by Nebraska's Tom Osborne at 147-34-2-.8087.
The top five spots remained the same as the 1987 list with Osborne followed by Michigan's Bo Schembechler, 215-61-7-.774, and Brigham Young's LaVell Edwards, 146-49-1-.747.
However, Auburn's 9-1-2 record last season enabled Pat Dye to move past Georgia's Vince Dooley into sixth place with a record of 115-44-3-.719 to Dooley's 192-74-10-.714.
Rounding out the top 10 are Florida State's Bobby Bowden, 174-69-3-.713; Washington's Don James, 131-64-3-.669, and Texas Christian's Jim Wacker, 124-67-3-.647. Bowden was eighth and James 10th last year.
Wacker is the only newcomer on this year's list. He replaces Earle Bruce, who was fired by Ohio State after the 1987 season with a record of 127-60-1-.680. Bruce is now the head coach at Northern Iowa.
A coach must have a winning record to make the list. The minimum number of victories is 111.