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The Best Current College Football Coaches  

Ranker College Football
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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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Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Alabama Crimson Tide Football
Alabama Crimson Tide
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Dabo Swinney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Clemson Tigers football
Clemson Tigers
3
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes
4
Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Florida State Seminoles football
Florida State Seminoles
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Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
TCU Horned Frogs football
TCU Horned Frogs
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Chris Petersen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches

Washington Huskies

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Mark Dantonio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans
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Bill Snyder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kansas State Wildcats football
Kansas State Wildcats
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Les Miles is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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

Michigan Wolverines

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David Shaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Stanford Cardinal football
Stanford Cardinal
12
Mark Richt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Georgia Bulldogs football team

Miami Hurricanes

13
Pat Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Northwestern Wildcats football, Colorado Buffaloes football, Maryland Terrapins football
Northwestern Wildcats
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Mike Gundy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Oklahoma State Cowboys football
Oklahoma State Cowboys
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James Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State Nittany Lions
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Tom Herman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman

Houston Cougars

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Brian Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Kirk Ferentz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Iowa Hawkeyes football

Iowa Hawkeyes

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David Cutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Duke Blue Devils football
Duke Blue Devils
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Dan Mullen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
outlel added Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs
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Gus Malzahn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers
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Mike Leach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Washington State Cougars football
Washington State Cougars
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Lincoln Riley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
ggeeaa22 added Lincoln Riley

University of Oklahoma Sooners

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Dana Holgorsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jon McNemar added West Virginia Mountaineers football

West Virginia Mountaineers

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Kirby Smart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
owensbrock added Kirby Smart