Top five jobs: LSU head football coach is among the best in the nation

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Where would you rank the LSU Tigers head coaching job? Top 10? Top five?

According to The Athletic (subscription required), they polled current coaches and staffers to find out what is the best job in the nation. To no one’s surprise, the LSU Tigers head coaching job is right up there with the best of them. But how high on the list is the job in Baton Rouge?

Among the votes for No. 1-5, LSU received the second-most first-place votes with 14. The Alabama job came in at No. 1 with 55 first-place votes. Overall, they received 49 total votes among the top five and land at No. 5.

The top five according to the poll:

  1. Alabama (486 points)

  2. Ohio State (388 points)

  3. Georgia (224 points)

  4. Texas (164 points)

  5. LSU (159 points)

What The Athletic Says…

LSU has had three head coaches over the past 20 years, and all three have won a national championship. No other program can say that. If you want to counter that by knocking Les Miles and Ed Orgeron, you’d just be strengthening the argument that this job is set up to contend at the highest level no matter who’s in charge. When it comes to talent acquisition, few programs are in a more advantageous position. LSU runs an especially talent-rich state and has no trouble recruiting at a top-five level and producing NFL Draft picks.

One Big Ten staffer stated that Georgia, LSU, and Ohio State have a stranglehold on talent. Which is very accurate when it comes to the Tigers.

  • 2022 class: No. 8

  • 2021 class: No. 3

  • 2020 class: No. 4

  • 2019 class: No. 5

  • 2018 class: No. 15

These rankings are according to 247Sports composite team rankings. They have a top 10 class over the last four recruiting cycles. Their current team ranked as the No. 5 overall team in talent. With the team being so talent-rich each and every season, it is a very attractive job.

When you look at the talent on this football team, it makes the current product on the field so maddening. Proof that coaching matters. You can have all the talent in the world, but in some games, you can’t win on talent alone.