Kirk Ferentz ranked as third-most overrated NCAA coach

CBS Sports polled one-fifth of the 129 current FBS head coaches in order to determine who's the most overrated and underrated coaches in college football.


Katina Zentz

Iowa football head coach Kirk Ferentz answers questions at a press conference in Carver-Hawkeye Arena during Iowa Football Media Day on Friday, August 10, 2018. Iowa will open the 2018 football season at home against Northern Illinois on Saturday, September 1.

Adam Hensley, Pregame Editor

With Iowa football kicking off in 12 days, the anticipation for the upcoming season runs at an all-time high.

Kirk Ferentz is one win away from reaching victory No. 144 – the most in Hawkeye football history. However, CBS Sports polled one-fifth of the 129 active FBS coaches on who they believe are the most overrated and underrated coaches in college football, and Ferentz made the first list.

Willie Taggart of Florida State and James Franklin of Penn State tied for the most overrated coaches in college football, according to some of their peers, receiving 20 percent of the votes. Ferentz and Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin came in next with 13 percent of the votes, and then five additional coaches made up the remaining 34 percent of the votes.

The most underrated list came in as follows: David Shaw – Stanford (12 percent), Chris Petersen – Washington (12 percent), Dan Mullen – Florida (8 percent), Pat Fitzgerald – Northwestern (8 percent), Kyle Whittingham – Utah (8 percent), 14 others (52 percent).

However, Ferentz did receive votes on the underrated list too, so it wasn’t all shade from fellow NCAA coaches. Only Shaw and Tom Herman were the other coaches receiving votes in both categories.

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