Which CFB Head Coach Has Been The Best In 2023?

Will Jonathan Smith win Coach of the Year?

Few coaches have exemplified the mantra of building their team from the ground up quite like Jonathan Smith of Oregon State football, who has helped his alma mater go from CFB laughingstock to CFP contender this fall.  He’s helped out quite a few using college football betting sites as well.

While the Beavers are longshots to win their first CFP title this year, with +25000 odds on ESPN BET, there’s no denying that Smith has completely transformed Oregon State’s gridiron prospects since returning to Corvallis in 2018.  

After going 2-10 his first season with the program, Smith has slowly turned the tide with the Beavers, going 5-7 in 2019 and 7-6 in 2021, before breaking through in a 10-3 campaign last fall.  

The Beavers are currently 8-2 and 5-2 in Pac-12 play, with an outside shot at reaching the program’s first Pac-12 title game with wins over No. 5 Washington and No. 6 Oregon to close out the year.  

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Regardless of whether they do that or not, Smith has emerged as a frontrunner for the sport’s Coach of the Year award, with the sixth-year head coach leading the way in the U.S. Betting Report COY odds board entering the penultimate week of the CFB regular season.  

USBR Coach Of The Year Odds

Below you’ll find some information that you may not see on mobile sports betting apps. Here’s where Smith stands, odds-wise, in the USBR COY race along with other contenders for the crown during the 2023 college football regular season.  

Coach Odds Percentage
Jonathan Smith (Oregon State) +200 33.3%
Jeff Brohm (Louisville) +300 25.0%
Jedd Fisch (Arizona) +500 16.7%
Lance Leipold (Kansas) +750 11.8%
Mike Norvell (Florida State) +1100 8.3%
The Field (Florida State) +900 10.0%

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Who Could Topple Smith In Coach Of The Year Race?  

The other main contender for our COY award is first-year Louisville head coach Jeff Brohm, who has already exceeded the Cardinals’ year-end win total from 2022 with two games to play.  

Brohm has the Cardinals sitting at 9-1 with a road game against Miami this weekend before the Governor’s Cup showdown against Kentucky to close out the season on Nov. 25.  

From there, Louisville will play FSU in the ACC title game in early December, with a realistic shot at sneaking their way into the CFP should they run the table.  

Brohm’s coaching acumen has never been doubted, with the 52-year-old going 30-10 at WKU and 36-34 at Purdue before returning to the school that he led as the team’s quarterback in the early 1990s.  

His first season back in Louisville shows that Brohm is a tour de force on the sidelines, however, putting him in the No. 2 spot on our USBR COY list, at +300.  

Other contenders for this year’s award include Arizona’s Jedd Fisch, who has overseen a program renaissance that’s seen Arizona go from 1-11 in 2021 to 7-3 in 2023, with games against Utah and ASU to go.  

Fisch, who clocks in at +500 to win the USBR COY award, beat out other contenders, such as Kansas’ Lance Leipold (+750) and Mike Norvell of Florida State (+1100) on our list, showing how far the Wildcats have come under his watch since the longtime assistant coach arrived in Tucson three seasons ago.

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Christopher Boan covers sports betting and casino gambling for U.S. Betting Report. He has reported on sports and sports betting in Arizona for nearly a decade, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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