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Pac-12 football coach rankings 2022: Lincoln Riley, Kyle Whittingham, Chip Kelly lead list

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Where do Arizona's Jedd Fisch and Arizona State's Herm Edwards rank among Pac-12 football coaches for 2022?

How do the football coaches in the Pac-12 stack up entering the 2022 season?

CBS Sports recently ranked all 65 Power 5 college football coaches for 2022 and we were interested in seeing how it ranked the 12 head coaches from the Pac-12 entering the season.

There were some surprises.

The best coach in the conference according to the rankings? USC's Lincoln Riley, who has yet to coach a game in the conference after coming over from Oklahoma.

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Riley was ranked No. 4 among all Power 5 coaches.

Tom Fornelli wrote of the Trojans' coach: "Ever since Riley left Oklahoma for USC, Sooners fans have been talking about how they're fine with it because the program had been slipping recently anyway. While I think that's mostly the shock talking, it's proven true in our rankings! Riley drops a spot from No. 3 to No. 4, but even that drop has more to do with Kirby Smart than Riley. After five seasons at Oklahoma, 2021 was the first time Riley failed to win the Big 12. He's gone 55-10 and reached the College Football Playoff three times. Few coaches in the sport can claim the same accomplishments, so there are few coaches ranked ahead of him here."

The worst coach in the Pac-12 according to CBS Sports? Washington State's Jake Dickert, who went 3-3 last season after taking over for Nick Rolovich.

The site has Dickert ranked No. 63 out of the 65 Power 5 head coaches.

Of the Cougars' coach, Fornelli wrote: "I had Dickert ranked ahead of the other first-time head coaches on my ballot because he has a track record. He coached the Cougars for six games last season after Nick Rolovich was let go and went 3-3, including a 3-1 mark in the Pac-12. Considering the difficult situation he inherited, that's a promising start."

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The rankings for Pac-12 coaches between Riley and Dickert?

Utah's Kyle Whittingham was second at No. 8 overall, followed by UCLA's Chip Kelly at No. 28 in the rankings.

David Shaw of Stanford was No. 4 in the conference at No. 29, with Jonathan Smith of Oregon State fifth at No. 37 overall.

California's Justin Wilcox was No. 44 overall, good for No. 6 among Pac-12 coaches with Washington's Kalen DeBoer No. 7 at No. 51 overall.

Oregon's Dan Lanning came in at No. 8 in the Pac-12 and No. 54 overall, while Arizona State's Herm Edwards was at No. 55 overall and No. 9 in the conference.

Colorado's Karl Dorrell was ranked No. 59 overall, 10th in the Pac-12.

Arizona's Jedd Fisch was No. 61 overall and No. 11 among Pac-12 football coaches.

The bottom six Pac-12 coaches were ranked in the bottom 15 of all Power 5 coaches, in CBS Sports' ranking.

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More Pac-12 football coach rankings recently ranked the Pac-12 football coaches as well, but its rankings had some differences.

ASU's Edwards was No. 5 on its list behind Riley, Whittingham, Kelly and Shaw.

DeBoer was No. 6, followed by Smith, Lanning, Wilcox and Dickert.

Fisch and Dorrell were No. 11 and No. 12, respectively.'s ranking of Pac-12 football coaches looked very different.

It had Whittingham No. 1, with Riley No. 2.

Edwards was all the way up to No. 3, ahead of Shaw and Kelly.

Dorrell was No. 6, with Smith No. 7 and Lanning No. 8.

Wilcox followed Lanning, with Dickert and DeBoer behind the California coach.

Fisch was ranked last among Pac-12 football coaches in that site's ranking.

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