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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862 537
Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Alabama Crimson Tide Football - Alabama Crimson Tide

2
654 680
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Ohio State Buckeyes football - Ohio State Buckeyes

3
579 420
Dabo Swinney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Clemson Tigers football - Clemson Tigers

4
415 638
Bob Stoops is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Oklahoma Sooners football - Oklahoma Sooners

5
368 525
Mark Dantonio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Michigan State Spartans football - Michigan State Spartans

6
415 511
Bill Snyder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kansas State Wildcats football - Kansas State Wildcats

7
384 429
Chris Petersen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches

Washington Huskies

8
320 448
Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
TCU Horned Frogs football - TCU Horned Frogs

9
369 531
Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Florida State Seminoles football - Florida State Seminoles

10
268 340
Les Miles is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
338 470
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
San Francisco 49ers, Stanford Cardinal football -

Michigan Wolverines

12
331 414
Mark Richt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Georgia Bulldogs football team -

Miami Hurricanes

13
303 378
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
270 395
Mike Gundy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Oklahoma State Cowboys football - Oklahoma State Cowboys

16
202 315
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
280 315
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
121 154
Tom Herman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman

Houston Cougars

19
231 476
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
122 104
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
148 289
Gus Malzahn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Auburn Tigers football - Auburn Tigers

22
133 157
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
157 253
Kirk Ferentz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Iowa Hawkeyes football -

Iowa Hawkeyes

24
206 410
Charlie Strong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Louisville Cardinals football - Texas Longhorns

25
136 327
Hugh Freeze is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Ole Miss Rebels football - Ole Miss Rebels

26
116 106
Mike Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Washington State Cougars football - Washington State Cougars

27
71 75
P. J. Fleck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Western Michigan Broncos football

28
111 153
Dan Mullen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
outlel added Mississippi State Bulldogs football - Mississippi State Bulldogs

29
101 228
Larry Fedora is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
North Carolina Tar Heels football - North Carolina Tar Heels

30
74 83
Paul Chryst is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Roger Meiklejohn added Pittsburgh Panthers football

31
61 20
Kirby Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
owensbrock added Kirby Smart

32
180 316
Kevin Sumlin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Texas A&M Aggies football - Texas A&M Aggies

33
48 32
Lincoln Riley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
ggeeaa22 added Lincoln Riley

University of Oklahoma Sooners

34
95 184
Jim McElwain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Colorado State Rams football -

Florida Gators

35
72 130
Kyle Whittingham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Michael Mella added Utah Utes football -

Utah Utes

36
119 251
Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Atlanta Falcons, Louisville Cardinals football, Arkansas Razorbacks football -

Louisville Cardinals

37
56 76
Frank Solich is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Ohio Bobcats football -

Ohio Bobcats

38
53 49
Mark Stoops is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kentucky Wildcats football -

Kentucky Wildcats

39
45 92
Willie Taggart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added South Florida Bulls football -

South Florida Bulls

40
95 171
Mike Riley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
bdub shelbz added San Diego Chargers, Oregon State Beavers football - Nebraska Cornhuskers

41
82 206
Bronco Mendenhall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
BYU Cougars football -

Virginia Cavaliers

42
42 123
Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #25 Michigan Wolverines football -

Fired from the Michigan Wolverines on 12/2/14

43
29 65
Pat Narduzzi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added

44
70 223
Gary Andersen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Wisconsin Badgers football - Oregon State Beavers

45
5 21
Clay Helton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
dankoval23 added Clay Helton

46
29 82
Matt Rhule is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Temple Owls football -

Temple Owls

47
90 196
Bret Bielema is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Wisconsin Badgers football, Arkansas Razorbacks football - Arkansas Razorbacks

48
39 99
Terry Bowden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Akron Zips football -

Akron Zips

49
18 24
Matt Campbell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
HMeyer added Matt Campbell Toledo Rockets football

50
28 70
Dave Doeren is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added NC State Wolfpack football -

North Carolina State Wolfpack