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The Best College Football Coaches of All Time

List Criteria: Only college football coaches. No high school or NFL coaches, unless they coached in college at some point.

This list of the best college football coaches of all time is full of big names and legendary coaching empires. Ever wondered who was is the greatest college football coach of all time? Now is your opportunity to have a say in the matter. Granted, picking who this should be won't be easy, as you have to consider different eras of NCAA football along with a number of other factors, like bowl game wins, national titles, who was on their team, and who got the most bang for their buck out of their players. But it's on you to pick whatever criteria you want in determining who is the best college football coach ever. As long as they coached college play at some point, they can be listed here, but be sure to vote based on each coach's storied college career only.

There are some pretty big names on this list, titans of the coaching world. If you're an Alabama fan, you'll have a tough time picking between Bear Bryant and Nick Saban. The same goes for any Notre Dame fan and for USC supporters, who do you think is a better coach: John McKay or Pete Carroll? Who's the best of these famous college football coaches?

It shouldn't be easy for you to decide who the greatest college football coaches are. There are simply too many all time greats. Just remember though, where would each coaches' team be without them steering the ship and keeping the players in line? Not an easy question to answer.

So who is the best college football coach of all time? It's up to you to decide. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add him. This is the crowdranked list of what coach deserves to called the greatest ever, so choose wisely!

The Best College Football Coaches of All Time People In Sports
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    the people's #1 & most listed
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    Died at 86 (1926-2012)

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    Died at 74 (1913-1987)

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    Pop Warner

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    Died at 78 (1916-1994)

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Died at 82 (1915-1997)

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    Died at 88 (1919-2007)

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    Died at 65 (1908-1973)

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    Died at 103 (1862-1965)

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    Died at 78 (1923-2001)

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    Died at 88 (1924-2012)

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    Died at 75 (1871-1946)

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    Died at 94 (1892-1986)

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    Died at 81 (1932-2013)

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    age 63

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    age 64

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    Died at 56 (1898-1954)

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    Died at 78 (1924-2002)

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    Died at 83 (1871-1954)

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    Died at 92 (1897-1989)

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    Died at 83 (1894-1977)

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    often listed & added by TylerBBoyd
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    new! & added by Theodore Roosevelt
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