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5 College Football Coaches Who Are Ready for the NFL

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5 College Football Head Coaches Who are Ready for the NFL

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There are some college football coaches who excel through the ranks and establish success in the NFL. This includes Jim Harbaugh, Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carroll, Paul Brown and Tom Coughlin. Here's five college coaches who've never held a coaching position in the NFL, but their success in the college game proves they're ready for the next level.

5. Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State Cowboys

Mike Gundy: Oklahoma State Football Head Coach
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5. Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State Cowboys

Mike Gundy: Oklahoma State Football Head Coach
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Mike Gundy has a 77-38 record with the Cowboys in nine seasons as head coach. He's taken the Cowboys to eight-straight bowl game appearances. In 2011, this included a Big 12 Championship and BCS win in the Fiesta Bowl against the Stanford Cardinals. That same year, Gundy received the Bear Bryant and Eddie Robinson awards for best coach.

4. Gary Pinkel - Missouri Tigers

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4. Gary Pinkel - Missouri Tigers

Gary Pinkel: Missouri Tigers Football Head Coach
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Gary Pinkel has a 102-63 overall record with the Tigers. Since the 2007 season, he's posted a record of 65-28 along with six bowl game appearances and four division championships in the Big 12 and SEC. Since 2009, seven of his players were drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Pinkel still holds the record as the winningest coach in Toledo Rockets football history.

3. Mark Richt - Georgia Bulldogs

Mark Richt: Georgia Bulldogs Football Head Coach
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3. Mark Richt - Georgia Bulldogs

Mark Richt: Georgia Bulldogs Football Head Coach
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Mark Richt has a 126-45 record in 13 seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs. He's recorded two SEC Championships, six SEC Eastern Division Titles, 13-straight bowl game appearances and six seasons finishing in the top 10 rankings. He was also awarded SEC Coach of The Year in 2002 and 2005.

2. Gary Patterson - TCU Horned Frogs

Gary Patterson: Head Coach Football TCU Horned Frogs
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2. Gary Patterson - TCU Horned Frogs

Gary Patterson: Head Coach Football TCU Horned Frogs
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Gary Patterson has a 120-44 record as head coach of the Horned Frogs. During his 14 seasons, he's taken TCU to 12 bowl game appearances, won five conference championships and finished nine seasons in Top 25 ranking. Patterson has three awards for Coach of the Year from 2002, 2005 and 2009.

1. Bob Stoops - Oklahoma Sooners

Bob Stoops: Oklahoma Sooner Football Head Coach
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1. Bob Stoops - Oklahoma Sooners

Bob Stoops: Oklahoma Sooners Football Head Coach
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Bob Stoops has a 160-39 record in 15 seasons with the Sooners, averaging only two losses a season. He's led the Sooners to a national championship win in 2000 and eight Big 12 Championships. Stoops was also named Walter Camp Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2003. Seventy of his players have been drafted into the NFL including Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford.