On the eve of Jimbo Fisher's sixth season as FSU's head football coach-- we look back on his first five, in which it appears he's set a brow-raising new record.
Fisher has overseen Florida State's return to the top tier of college football since he took over as the Seminoles' head coach in 2010. And if winning is all that matters, Fisher has mattered more at Florida State in his first five years than any other Power Five conference coach has mattered in the same time span. For in his first half-decade as head coach of the 'Noles, Fisher has registered an unequaled mark among beginning Power-Five conference coaches. He's won 58 games, more than any P5 coach in his first five years-- ever (at least as far as we know).
Want some context? Some notable Power Five coaches to fall short of Fisher's premier half-decade mark include Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Paul "Bear" Bryant , Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer, Dennis Erickson, Bob Stoops, Pete Carroll, and, Fisher's closest challenger, Urban Meyer, who comes up a win short with 57 wins in his first five years at Florida.
Fisher's record-setting mark results from a few factors. Yes, the season is longer now, and conference title games, along with more bowl games, can help bolster one's win total.
But you have to get to those games, games against proven, formidable competition -- and win them -- and Fisher's been more than adept at doing so. He's captured the last three ACC championships, and he's 4-1 in bowl games. Furthermore, Fisher is 11-1 against other schools from Florida. In case you're wondering, the iconic Bobby Bowden, in 34 seasons with the 'Noles, never pulled off such a run against in-state competition.