A pretty interesting weekend at Tomahawk Nation. We had lots of new members and ended up hanging with Duke for much of the basketball game. SBNation (our network of blogs) tries to emphasize the community feel. The content is primarily the result of members and writers. Today, one of our own members is featured in a guest column...
A few days ago while discussing Bobby Bowden's rather uninformative press conference, I made the argument that Urban Meyer was better in his prime (now) than Bobby Bowden was in his glory days. Realizing that this was going to start a war in the comment section and not wanting to detract from the point of the article (that Bowden currently is one of the worst coaches in major college football), I decided to delete the comment. FSUvaFan, however, vehemently disagreed with my thoughts and said he was preparing a response. I asked him to e-mail me the response so that I could go ahead and delete the comment.
FSUvaFan came strong, bringing eight pages! In fact, the charts are so substantial that they destroy the formatting of the site. As such, I have attached the article in a word document. Bowden v. Meyer (click link to download).
An assertion was made that Urban Meyer's "best" as a coach was better than Bobby Bowden's "best". Inside is a compilation of some statistics that should prove that assertion erroneous.
My Assertion: Bobby Bowden, at the top of his game (or I should say "games" as will be shown in the tables below) is still better than Urban Meyer at the top of his. At least thus far Bowden was.
Final Conclusions (based on info inside): At his best(s) Bobby Bowden has won more games, playing higher ranked opponents (avg.), playing more ranked opponents, and outscoring opponents MORE than Urban Meyer has thus far in Urban's career (using a 4 year time span). 1991-1994 was Bowden's Best 4 year string. Even if you take Bowden's SINGLE best year and compare it to Meyers, Bowden still comes out the better.
The cherry on Top: Bowden has class, Meyer does not.
Enjoy and be sure to thank FSUvaFan for his rather substantial effort. I did not expect to get eight pages on this and I look forward to sharing this with some UF fans.