BCS Predictions: Who's the Better Coach, Alabama's Saban or Oklahoma's Stoops?

William PenfieldCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Bob Stoops and Nick Saban.

Two of the greatest coaches in college football today.

One coaches in the SEC and one coaches in the Big-12.

But who is better?

Combined, they have won three National Championships and 10 conference championships.

Stoops holds the edge in winning percentage with a record of 134-31 good for a .812 winning percentage to Saban's record of 140-53, a .725 winning percentage. 

But winning percentages don't tell the whole story. 

Both men have won National Championships but Saban has done it with two different teams, a feat not accomplished by many. His first came in 2003 with the LSU Tigers and his second in 2009 with the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

In all bowl games, the two coaches have identical records at 6-6.

Oklahoma was dominant early on in the Stoops era from 1999-2003, a period in which they went 18-2 against ranked opponents and 3-1 in bowl games, including a National Championship. Since then, the Sooners are 17-13 against ranked opponents and 2-3 in bowl games under Stoops. 

Saban has been dominant in his time in the SEC with the Crimson Tide and Tigers. In a combined 10 seasons in the conference, he has three conference championships and five SEC west championships. All three conference Championships resulted in BCS Bowl wins, including two National Championships. 

Each coach has a vast coaching tree across college football but Saban's is far more impressive.

Jimbo Fischer of Florida State, Will Muschamp of Florida, Derek Dooley of Clemson, Mike Haywood of Miami Ohio, and Mike Dantonio of Michigan State are all former assistants of Saban at LSU.

Stoops' notable assistants turned into head coaches include his recently fired brother, Mike Stoops, Mark Mangino, Mike Leach and current Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.

Saban's impressive coaching tree says something about him as a head coach as not only do you coach the players, you coach the assistants on your staff. 

As of right now, the coaching edge has to go to Saban. Despite his inferior winning percentage, Saban has won more National Championships than Stoops and has done it longer and in a better conference.

There is something to say about Stoops coaching the same team since 1999 with the success he has had and some day he could surpass the accomplishments of Saban.

But for now, the Crimson Tide coach holds the edge.