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Pelini and his peers v. Top 25 teams
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Pelini and his peers v. Top 25 teams

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Nebraska vs. Michigan State, 11.16.13

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Here's a handy breakout by the Wall Street Journal of how college football coaches have fared against Top 25 teams.

The records of Stanford's David Shaw (14-4) and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (50-23) immediately jump off the page.

It's also interesting, though not surprising when you think about it, how few coaches have a .500 record or better against ranked teams. Even Nick Saban was 22-23 against the Top 25 while at Michigan State and LSU.

Nebraska's Bo Pelini is 9-14 against Top 25 teams. Flavor of the season Mark Dantonio is 10-18 against the ranked while at Michigan State. Clemson's Dabo Swinney is 9-13. James Franklin is 1-8, though coming from Vanderbilt, he's the perfect example of how not all numbers on this list are created equally.

Let's slim the list to coaches who have had at least 15 games at their current schools against Top 25 teams. If you go by winning percentages, here's how they come out:

David Shaw, Stanford 14-4

Nick Saban, Alabama 28-12

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma 50-23

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Les Miles, LSU 37-19

Mark Richt, Georgia 34-31

Gary Patterson, TCU 14-14

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech 43-50-1

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina 18-23

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State 15-20

Dabo Swinney, Clemson 9-13

Kyle Whittingham, Utah 9-13

Bo Pelini, Nebraska 9-14

Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech 7-12

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa 19-34

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State 10-18

Bill Snyder, Kansas State 23-43

Mike Riley, Oregon State 13-39

Gary Pinkel, Missouri 15-34

Art Briles, Baylor 7-19

Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern 5-15

Will Muschamp, Florida 4-13

Paul Rhoads, Iowa State 4-19

David Cutcliffe, Duke 2-13

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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