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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835 526
Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Alabama Crimson Tide Football - Alabama Crimson Tide

2
646 650
Urban Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Ohio State Buckeyes football - Ohio State Buckeyes

3
554 409
Dabo Swinney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Clemson Tigers football - Clemson Tigers

4
377 413
Chris Petersen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches

Washington Huskies

5
405 494
Bill Snyder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kansas State Wildcats football - Kansas State Wildcats

6
405 624
Bob Stoops is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Oklahoma Sooners football - Oklahoma Sooners

7
358 511
Mark Dantonio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Michigan State Spartans football - Michigan State Spartans

8
313 438
Gary Patterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
TCU Horned Frogs football - TCU Horned Frogs

9
362 516
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
332 453
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
327 407
Mark Richt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Georgia Bulldogs football team -

Miami Hurricanes

13
297 369
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
275 305
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

16
262 390
Mike Gundy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Oklahoma State Cowboys football - Oklahoma State Cowboys

17
194 311
Pat Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Northwestern Wildcats football, Colorado Buffaloes football, Maryland Terrapins football - Northwestern Wildcats

18
118 150
Tom Herman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman

Houston Cougars

19
221 470
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
147 278
Gus Malzahn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Auburn Tigers football - Auburn Tigers

21
117 101
David Cutcliffe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added Duke Blue Devils football - Duke Blue Devils

22
128 154
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
152 249
Kirk Ferentz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Iowa Hawkeyes football -

Iowa Hawkeyes

24
203 400
Charlie Strong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Louisville Cardinals football - Texas Longhorns

25
134 321
Hugh Freeze is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Ole Miss Rebels football - Ole Miss Rebels

26
108 104
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
69 72
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
100 224
Larry Fedora is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
North Carolina Tar Heels football - North Carolina Tar Heels

29
106 147
Dan Mullen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
outlel added Mississippi State Bulldogs football - Mississippi State Bulldogs

30
73 80
Paul Chryst is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Roger Meiklejohn added Pittsburgh Panthers football

31
55 17
Kirby Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
owensbrock added Kirby Smart

32
178 310
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
43 30
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
118 245
Bobby Petrino is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Atlanta Falcons, Louisville Cardinals football, Arkansas Razorbacks football -

Louisville Cardinals

35
94 181
Jim McElwain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Colorado State Rams football -

Florida Gators

36
68 129
Kyle Whittingham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Michael Mella added Utah Utes football -

Utah Utes

37
54 73
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
50 48
Mark Stoops is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kentucky Wildcats football -

Kentucky Wildcats

39
44 89
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
94 168
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
80 203
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
28 63
Pat Narduzzi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added

44
70 220
Gary Andersen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Wisconsin Badgers football - Oregon State Beavers

45
89 191
Bret Bielema is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Wisconsin Badgers football, Arkansas Razorbacks football - Arkansas Razorbacks

46
28 80
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
27 67
Dave Doeren is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Derr added NC State Wolfpack football -

North Carolina State Wolfpack

48
37 97
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
16 22
Matt Campbell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
1509017060370 added Matt Campbell Toledo Rockets football

50
4 20
Clay Helton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
dankoval23 added Clay Helton