BOISE, Idaho – Sporting announced today (July14) its list of the top collegiate football coaches in the country and Boise State University’s Chris Petersen is ranked ninth.

            In an article titled “The nation’s top five coaches”, staff writer Matt Hayes breaks down the top 15 coaches into three groups – The top Five, Five on the outside and Five with sights on the top five. 

The top five included Urban Meyer of Florida at No. 1 followed by Nick Saban of Alabama, USC’s Pete Carroll, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and Brian Kelly of Cincinnati.

            Petersen, who is entering his fourth year guiding the Bronco program, was listed fourth in the second group.  Mack Brown of Texas leads the group of “Five on the outside” followed by Les Miles of LSU, Ohio State’s Tressel, Petersen and Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech.

            In describing Petersen, the web site stated “In three seasons, his teams have 35 wins, two unbeaten regular season and the biggest upset in the history of the BCS.”

            The third group included in order Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech, Tom O’Brien of North Carolina State, Butch Davis of North Carolina, Rich Rodriguez of Michigan and TCU’s Gary Patterson.

            Petersen has posted an overall record of 35-4 (89.7%) in his three years as the head coach at Boise State.  He has guided Boise State to undefeated WAC Championships in 2006 and 2008, and a runner-up finish in 2007.  His record in WAC games is 23-1 for a 95.8 winning percentage.  He has guided the Broncos to three straight postseason bowl games, including a 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma at the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

            The Broncos open their 2009 season on Sept. 3 (Thursday) when they host the University of Oregon in a game nationally televised by ESPN.  Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. (MT).

            Boise State and Oregon are both expected to be ranked in the top 15 when the preseason polls for the Associated Press and USA Today are announced in August. 

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