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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
Nick Saban Alabama Crimson Tide Football - Alabama Crimson Tide

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553 486
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Urban Meyer Ohio State Buckeyes football - Ohio State Buckeyes

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389 334
Dabo Swinney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dabo Swinney Clemson Tigers football - Clemson Tigers

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347 482
Bob Stoops is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bob Stoops Oklahoma Sooners football - Oklahoma Sooners

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293 378
Mark Dantonio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Dantonio Michigan State Spartans football - Michigan State Spartans

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308 322
Chris Petersen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Chris Petersen Washington Huskies

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304 411
Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jimbo Fisher Florida State Seminoles football - Florida State Seminoles

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270 332
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim Harbaugh San Francisco 49ers, Stanford Cardinal football - Michigan Wolverines

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332 396
Bill Snyder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bill Snyder Kansas State Wildcats football - Kansas State Wildcats

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268 340
Les Miles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #7 Les Miles Dallas Cowboys, LSU Tigers football, Oklahoma State Cowboys football - Fired by the LSU Tigers on 9/25/16

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256 359
Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Patterson TCU Horned Frogs football - TCU Horned Frogs

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249 303
David Shaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
David Shaw Stanford Cardinal football - Stanford Cardinal

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252 348
Mark Richt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Richt Georgia Bulldogs football team - Miami Hurricanes

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168 268
Art Briles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #13 Art Briles Baylor Bears football - Fired by the Baylor Bears on 5/26/16

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213 334
Mike Gundy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Gundy Oklahoma State Cowboys football - Oklahoma State Cowboys

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208 262
James Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
James Franklin Penn State Nittany Lions football - Penn State Nittany Lions

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148 270
Pat Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern Wildcats football, Colorado Buffaloes football, Maryland Terrapins football - Northwestern Wildcats

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85 102
Tom Herman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman Houston Cougars

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188 395
Brian Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Brian Kelly Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Cincinnati Bearcats football, Grand Valley State Lakers football - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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105 114
Dana Holgorsen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jon McNemar added Dana Holgorsen West Virginia Mountaineers

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116 263
Hugh Freeze is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Hugh Freeze Ole Miss Rebels football - Ole Miss Rebels

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177 330
Charlie Strong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Charlie Strong Louisville Cardinals football - Texas Longhorns

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113 214
Gus Malzahn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gus Malzahn Auburn Tigers football - Auburn Tigers

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90 180
Larry Fedora is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Larry Fedora North Carolina Tar Heels football - North Carolina Tar Heels

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77 67
David Cutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added David Cutcliffe Duke Blue Devils football - Duke Blue Devils

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114 205
Kirk Ferentz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kirk Ferentz Iowa Hawkeyes football - Iowa Hawkeyes

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85 127
Jim McElwain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim McElwain Colorado State Rams football - Florida Gators

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164 261
Kevin Sumlin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M Aggies football - Texas A&M Aggies

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47 46
Paul Chryst is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Roger Meiklejohn added Paul Chryst Pittsburgh Panthers football

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103 190
Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bobby Petrino Atlanta Falcons, Louisville Cardinals football, Arkansas Razorbacks football - Louisville Cardinals

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44 37
P. J. Fleck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added P. J. Fleck Western Michigan Broncos football

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54 101
Kyle Whittingham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Michael Mella added Kyle Whittingham Utah Utes football - Utah Utes

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66 123
Dan Mullen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
outlel added Dan Mullen Mississippi State Bulldogs football - Mississippi State Bulldogs

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68 78
Mike Leach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Mike Leach Washington State Cougars football - Washington State Cougars

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90 124
Mike Riley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
bdub shelbz added Mike Riley San Diego Chargers, Oregon State Beavers football - Nebraska Cornhuskers

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38 48
Frank Solich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Frank Solich Ohio Bobcats football - Ohio Bobcats

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28 57
Willie Taggart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Willie Taggart South Florida Bulls football - South Florida Bulls

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19 36
Pat Narduzzi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Pat Narduzzi

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30 62
Terry Bowden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Terry Bowden Akron Zips football - Akron Zips

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19 25
Mark Stoops is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
TRENT13 added Mark Stoops Kentucky Wildcats football - Kentucky Wildcats

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63 194
Gary Andersen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Andersen Wisconsin Badgers football - Oregon State Beavers

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77 152
Bret Bielema is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bret Bielema Wisconsin Badgers football, Arkansas Razorbacks football - Arkansas Razorbacks

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42 123
Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #25 Brady Hoke Michigan Wolverines football - Fired from the Michigan Wolverines on 12/2/14

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64 183
Bronco Mendenhall is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bronco Mendenhall BYU Cougars football - Virginia Cavaliers

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19 34
Chris Creighton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
MattSchwarck added Chris Creighton Eastern Michigan University Football Eastern Michigan Eagles football

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20 64
Matt Rhule is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Matt Rhule Temple Owls football - Temple Owls

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8 7
Lincoln Riley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
ggeeaa22 added Lincoln Riley University of Oklahoma Sooners

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18 54
Dave Doeren is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Dave Doeren NC State Wolfpack football - North Carolina State Wolfpack

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1 1
Kirby Smart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
owensbrock added Kirby Smart

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Matt Campbell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
1509017060370 added Matt Campbell Toledo Rockets football