LSU may be loaded with talent, but that shouldn't detract from the outstanding coaching Les Miles displayed this college football season.
If he can get the Tigers to win one more game, Miles will earn his second BCS national championship and beat Alabama and Nick Saban twice in one season.
There aren't many coaches who can make that claim, so Miles' grade for the season is going to be pretty darn good.
How about the other top coaches in 2011?
Chip Kelly, Oregon
Once again, Chip Kelly delivered a Pac-12 championship performance, and the Ducks will get a shot at Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Kelly is 0-2 in BCS bowls, and he could really use a win here.
He was embroiled in some off-field issues with a scouting service, which put a damper on his reputation this season.
Kelly is dinged a bit because Oregon once again lost against a top SEC program (LSU) and lost at home to USC when a possible BCS national championship bid was on the line.
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech struggled through a losing campaign in 2010, and Paul Johnson set out to get the Yellow Jackets back on track.
Tech finished 8-4, and if you look at just that, you must surmise that he did a lot right.
What I can't get past was the 2-4 finish after opening up 6-0.
Once again, Tech was thumped by rival Georgia, and the Jackets also lost to a downtrodden Miami program.
Larry Fedora, Southern Mississippi
Larry Fedora parlayed a Conference USA championship and 11-2 season into a one-way ticket to Chapel Hill, N.C.
Fedora will now coach North Carolina, and he nabbed that job on a reputation as being a top offensive mind.
Southern Mississippi did improve a lot in Fedora's fourth season, and the win over Houston in the Conference USA championship game is proof of how good he can be.
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Steve Spurrier has a lengthy list of accomplishments from his time with Duke, Florida and now South Carolina.
It would be easy to argue that Spurrier did one of his best coaching jobs this year.
He dealt with the Stephen Garcia situation and the loss of running back Marcus Lattimore to a knee injury, but the Gamecocks still finished 10-2.
To see the rest of the grades go to my Bleacher Report article.
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