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The best college football coaches are not just the best NCAA Football coaches going into the 2016-2017 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 age 66 - Alabama Crimson Tide

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+ - 497 416
Urban Meyer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Urban Meyer age 53 - Ohio State Buckeyes

3
+ - 327 289
Dabo Swinney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dabo Swinney age 48 - Clemson Tigers

4
+ - 319 413
Bob Stoops 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bob Stoops age 57 - Oklahoma Sooners

5
+ - 264 282
Chris Petersen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Chris Petersen age 53 - Washington Huskies

6
+ - 272 344
Jimbo Fisher 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jimbo Fisher age 52 - Florida State Seminoles

7
+ - 297 350
Bill Snyder 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bill Snyder age 78 - Kansas State Wildcats

8
+ - 254 326
Mark Dantonio 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Dantonio age 61 - Michigan State Spartans

9
+ - 225 266
Jim Harbaugh 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim Harbaugh age 54 - Michigan Wolverines

10
+ - 268 340
Les Miles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #7 Les Miles age 64 - Fired by the LSU Tigers on 9/25/16

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+ - 225 315
Gary Patterson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Patterson age 57 - TCU Horned Frogs

12
+ - 216 268
David Shaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
David Shaw age 45 - Stanford Cardinal

13
+ - 217 307
Mark Richt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Richt age 57 - Miami Hurricanes

14
+ - 168 268
Art Briles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #13 Art Briles age 62 - Fired by the Baylor Bears on 5/26/16

15
+ - 187 296
Mike Gundy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Gundy age 50 - Oklahoma State Cowboys

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16
+ - 83 83
Dana Holgorsen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dana Holgorsen West Virginia Mountaineers

17
+ - 67 68
Tom Herman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Tom Herman Houston Cougars

18
+ - 127 230
Pat Fitzgerald 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Pat Fitzgerald age 43 - Northwestern Wildcats

19
+ - 161 233
James Franklin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
James Franklin age 45 - Penn State Nittany Lions

20
+ - 173 340
Brian Kelly 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Brian Kelly age 56 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

21
+ - 56 48
David Cutcliffe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
David Cutcliffe age 63 - Duke Blue Devils

22
+ - 109 216
Hugh Freeze 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Hugh Freeze age 48 - Ole Miss Rebels

23
+ - 152 234
Kevin Sumlin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kevin Sumlin age 53 - Texas A&M Aggies

24
+ - 167 296
Charlie Strong 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Charlie Strong age 57 - Texas Longhorns

25
+ - 27 22
P. J. Fleck 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
P. J. Fleck age 37

26
+ - 32 32
Paul Chryst 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Paul Chryst age 52

27
+ - 81 154
Larry Fedora 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Larry Fedora age 55 - North Carolina Tar Heels

28
+ - 98 183
Kirk Ferentz 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kirk Ferentz age 62 - Iowa Hawkeyes

29
+ - 67 110
Jim McElwain 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Jim McElwain age 55 - Florida Gators

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+ - 56 65
Mike Leach 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Leach age 56 - Washington State Cougars

31
+ - 91 195
Gus Malzahn 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gus Malzahn age 52 - Auburn Tigers

32
+ - 91 168
Bobby Petrino 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bobby Petrino age 56 - Louisville Cardinals

33
+ - 48 85
Kyle Whittingham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Kyle Whittingham age 58 - Utah Utes

34
+ - 30 36
Frank Solich 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Frank Solich age 73 - Ohio Bobcats

35
+ - 16 23
Pat Narduzzi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Pat Narduzzi age 51

36
+ - 87 110
Mike Riley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mike Riley age 64 - Nebraska Cornhuskers

37
+ - 14 13
Mark Stoops 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Mark Stoops age 50 - Kentucky Wildcats

38
+ - 17 22
Chris Creighton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches

39
+ - 51 111
Dan Mullen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dan Mullen age 45 - Mississippi State Bulldogs

40
+ - 20 46
Willie Taggart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Willie Taggart age 41 - South Florida Bulls

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+ - 68 141
Bret Bielema 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bret Bielema age 47 - Arkansas Razorbacks

42
+ - 19 53
Terry Bowden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Terry Bowden age 61 - Akron Zips

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+ - 9 23
Butch Davis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Butch Davis age 66

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+ - 16 54
Matt Rhule 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Matt Rhule age 42 - Temple Owls

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+ - 42 123
Brady Hoke 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
voting closed at #25 Brady Hoke age 59 - Fired from the Michigan Wolverines on 12/2/14

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+ - 12 44
Dave Doeren 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Dave Doeren age 46 - North Carolina State Wolfpack

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+ - 61 169
Bronco Mendenhall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bronco Mendenhall age 51 - Virginia Cavaliers

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+ - 60 182
Gary Andersen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Gary Andersen age 51 - Oregon State Beavers

49
+ - 31 91
Paul Rhoads 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Paul Rhoads age 50 - Iowa State Cyclones

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+ - 11 38
Bob Diaco 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Football Coaches
Bob Diaco age 44 - Connecticut Huskies