NCAA The Best Current College Football Coaches  

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List Rules Vote up any top NCAA football coach of today

The best college football coaches are not just the best NCAA Football coaches going into the 2017-2018 college football season, but also some of the best college football coaches of all time. These talented football coaches are all looking to lead their team to greatness in the upcoming season and the chances that one will hoist the championship trophy is highly likely.

With three national championships with the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2009, it's hard to make a case that anyone other than Nick Saban is the best current college football coach. Thought he could also be considered one of the worst NFL coaches of all time, his success coaching in the college ranks simply cannot be rivaled.

That said, there are dozens of other coaches looking to unthrone Saban as the top current NCAA Football coach. Bill Snyder of Kansas State, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, Steve Spurrier of South Carolina and even Urban Meyer of Ohio State are all in the hunt and the chances that one of their teams will meet the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game are pretty good.

How you select the best college football coaches of today can come from a variety of factors be it win-loss record, a big victory over your most-hated rival or just being the main man leading your favorite team down the field. However you rank them, do so below by voting, re-ranking this list or adding any not already listed to determine the absolute best current college football coaches.

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887 547
Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Alabama Crimson Tide Football - Alabama Crimson Tide

2
664 700
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Ohio State Buckeyes football - Ohio State Buckeyes

3
608 426
Dabo Swinney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Clemson Tigers football - Clemson Tigers

4
422 650
Bob Stoops is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Oklahoma Sooners football - Oklahoma Sooners

5
393 437
Chris Petersen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches

Washington Huskies

6
383 537
Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Florida State Seminoles football - Florida State Seminoles

7
374 538
Mark Dantonio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Michigan State Spartans football - Michigan State Spartans

8
326 458
Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
TCU Horned Frogs football - TCU Horned Frogs

9
417 526
Bill Snyder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kansas State Wildcats football - Kansas State Wildcats

10
345 481
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
San Francisco 49ers, Stanford Cardinal football -

Michigan Wolverines

11
268 340
Les Miles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #7 Dallas Cowboys, LSU Tigers football, Oklahoma State Cowboys football -

Fired by the LSU Tigers on 9/25/16

12
336 423
Mark Richt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Georgia Bulldogs football team -

Miami Hurricanes

13
308 382
David Shaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Stanford Cardinal football - Stanford Cardinal

14
168 268
Art Briles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #13 Baylor Bears football -

Fired by the Baylor Bears on 5/26/16

15
276 402
Mike Gundy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Oklahoma State Cowboys football - Oklahoma State Cowboys

16
209 320
Pat Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Northwestern Wildcats football, Colorado Buffaloes football, Maryland Terrapins football - Northwestern Wildcats

17
282 321
James Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Penn State Nittany Lions football - Penn State Nittany Lions

18
123 161
Tom Herman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman

Houston Cougars

19
234 482
Brian Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Cincinnati Bearcats football, Grand Valley State Lakers football - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

20
124 110
David Cutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Duke Blue Devils football - Duke Blue Devils

21
149 296
Gus Malzahn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Auburn Tigers football - Auburn Tigers

22
135 162
Dana Holgorsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jon McNemar added West Virginia Mountaineers football -

West Virginia Mountaineers

23
158 260
Kirk Ferentz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Iowa Hawkeyes football -

Iowa Hawkeyes

24
206 417
Charlie Strong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Louisville Cardinals football - Texas Longhorns

25
136 333
Hugh Freeze is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Ole Miss Rebels football - Ole Miss Rebels