2021 Big 12 coach rankings: Lincoln Riley remains at the top, but Matt Campbell is closing the gap

When our college football team at CBS Sports and 247Sports ranked every Power Five coach last month, it was a unique snapshot of an unprecedented time. Ranking coaches No. 1 through No. 65 annually is difficult enough, but what about when a global pandemic completely unsettles the process? Assigning that weight to everyone’s body of work makes the process that much more convoluted. 

During all of that, it was hard not to notice two Big 12 coaches standing out above the others: Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell. Riley, in his fourth year leading the Sooners, guided the program to yet another Big 12 title, further cementing his status as one of the best in the country. Meanwhile, Campbell continues his meteoric rise as he takes Iowa State to rare heights. Their battles in both the regular season and Big 12 Championship Game could very well be a preview of what’s to come again in 2021. 

How do the rest of the Big 12’s coaches stack up in comparison? From program stalwarts like Mike Gundy and Gary Patterson to newcomers like Steve Sarkisian and Lance Leipold, here’s how our team ranked every Big 12 coach entering the upcoming season. 

Complete Power Five coach rankings: 1-25 | 26-65 

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