One score games

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Best: Les Miles, LSU – Miles’ career winning percentage in one-score games (.648) ranks third among active Power Five coaches who have coached in at least 25 one-score games. Only Meyer and Brian Kelly (Notre Dame) have done better than Miles. Perhaps this explains why Miles has been so reluctant to open up LSU’s offense, even though a change is likely necessary for LSU to better compete with higher-scoring offenses.

Worst: Butch Jones, Tennessee – Normally this spot would be reserved for Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, but he may have turned a corner in 2015 by going 3-3 in one-score games to end an 11-game losing streak in such contests. Bielema even won a close game at Tennessee where Jones is 6-9 in one-score games and has lost too many close games that are really important. Jones is 1-6 in one-score games against Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma. Even when he won consecutive Big East titles at Cincinnati in 2011 and 2012, Jones was only 5-4 in one-score games. He will need to win more tight games to survive long-term in the SEC.

Jim McElwain, Florida\t13-4 (.765)\t5-1 (.833)
Gus Malzahn, Auburn\t15-7 (.682)\t12-7 (.632)
Les Miles, LSU\t46-25 (.648)\t39-18 (.684)
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State\t16-9 (.640)\t16-9 (.640)
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt\t5-3 (.625)\t5-3 (.625)
Nick Saban, Alabama\t42-28-1 (.599)\t17-14 (.548)
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M\t21-15 (.583)\t11-8 (.579)
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss\t13-11 (.542)\t7-9 (.438)
Butch Jones, Tennessee\t21-21 (.500)\t6-9 (.400)
Bret Bielema, Arkansas\t24-25 (.490)\t3-10 (.231)
Will Muschamp, South Carolina\t8-10 (.444)\tNew school
Mark Stoops, Kentucky\t5-7 (.417)\t5-7 (.417)
Kirby Smart, Georgia\tFirst year\t
Barry Odom, Missouri\tFirst year

What is interesting is that CBB was 21-15 at Wisconsin, 58.3%. 3-10 at Arkansas. Yikes. Clearly that will improve. I think this is a good sign for the program.